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Friday, January 30, 2015

Arborio Rice Pudding #French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding & Caramel Apples

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Arborio Rice Pudding-simplelivingeating.com


This week the French Fridays with Dorie group is making croquants which is a nut cookie. My baker is allergic to nuts, so I decided to do a make up of the easiest dessert I could find in the cookbook. 

I never made Dorie's Rice Pudding & Caramel Apples before.. pudding sounded simple, no dough always a good sign. Are you getting the impression that I don't like to bake? You are so... right. As I get older, and it gets harder not to gain weight; I see not liking to bake as a blessing.


Arborio Rice Pudding-simplelivingeating.com

After my husband saw the documentary Fed Up he has been avoiding products with added sugar and has lost quite a few pounds. Because I don't eat many baked goods, I do notice the blood sugar swing you get from desserts.


Arborio Rice Pudding-simplelivingeating.com

I feel the sugar buzz less when I eat a dessert that has a lot of dairy in it, rice pudding is filled with milk,  and I can control how much sugar goes into it with out effecting the consistency of the pudding. 

On closer examination of the recipe I was thrilled to see that Dorie's rice pudding was made with arborio rice which is used to make risotto. This couldn't be a more perfect choice for rice pudding because it is all about being sticky and thick.

Then I noticed that the original recipe added 4 cups of milk to 1/2 cup of rice. This seemed like a lot of milk and it might take a long time to absorb...always my frustration when I make risotto. I looked on line at a few other arborio rice puddings and the added milk ranged from 2 cups to 4 cups per 1/2 of rice. I went with 2 cups because I like thicker chewier rice pudding anyway. 


Arborio Rice Pudding: simplelivingeating.com

Well, the instructions for this pudding were the most involved I had ever seen for rice pudding. I really couldn't be bothered, so I simplified and the results were terrific. 

I topped the rice pudding with my husband's peach preserves that he made from peaches gathered from our backyard. On the day before another big snow storm it is nice to have a flash of summer in my day.


Arborio Rice Pudding: simplelivingeating.com



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 






Arborio Rice Pudding

by Diane Balch at simplelivingeating.com
Inspired by Dorie Greenspan's Rice Pudding & Caramel Apples
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: dessert gluten-free arborio rice winter

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • garnish: cinnamon, maple syrup, caramel sauce, fresh fruit, honey, preserves

Instructions

1) Bring 1 cup of water with the salt added to a boil. Add the rice and lower the heat to a simmer. Stir regularly until the rice absorbs the water, about 10 minutes.
2) Turn the heat up to high and add the milk, vanilla, and sugar to the cooked rice. Stir regularly until the milk comes to a boil. Lower the heat to medium low, keep the milk bubbling a little, stir constantly until the pudding becomes thick and the rice becomes chewy about 15 minutes.
3) Remove pudding from the heat and let it sit until it cools to room temperature. Eat cooled or refrigerate and eat later.

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40 comments:

  1. Dear Diane, I understand completely. Baking is so tough...I am pretty good though when it comes to portion control. Your rice pudding looks wonderful. I haven't had it in ages....I think I will make it soon. Growing up, my mom made the best rice pudding and bread pudding! I love the toppings you added. Have a wonderful weekend dear. xo, Catherine

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    1. I haven't had homemade rice pudding in a long time...really better than I remembered it being.

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  2. I lo-o-ove rice pudding, any way I can get it. Good job simplifying the recipe. If you want to try the croquants, you could omit the nuts and still have a perfectly delicious cookie. In my opinion, the nuts were irrelevant.

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    1. Good to know that the nuts don't matter...maybe my daughter will give them a try.

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  3. Yum and I love that image of the bit of summer in winter. I totally agree that desserts seem very overwhelming when you avoid sugar. Looks like this all turned out great! I've not yet made the rice pudding, and have eyed the recipe a few times, so I'll keep your tips in mind!

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    1. I hope you make it soon. The arborio rice is brilliant for pudding.

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  4. This is the type of recipe that would work with even chocolate or tiny fruit. It is so good, and no nuts needed.Instead of sugar, try using a little bit of sugar substitute.



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    1. Thanks Nana for the ideas. I agree it is a very versatile dessert that can be made to fit everyone's dietary requirements.

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  5. How perfect to have that burst of summer in the midst of all the recent snow. I don't actually remember making this one, though I'm sure I did. I usually make rice pudding when I have leftover rice, but don't usually cook rice just for this dessert. Have a great weekend. I know you are enjoying the snow!

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    1. I will have to look into a recipe using leftover rice great idea.

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  6. I can't have your everyday processed sugars or stevia and agave either. Is there something by can use in place of the sugar?

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    1. Stevia is the best natural alternative to sugar that I know of... you may need to talk to a Naturopath or a Nutritionist to find another alternative.

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  7. I loved this pudding when I made it - the arborio rice is so lovely in it. The caramel apples were delicious, too, but the peach preserves were a wonderful choice.

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    1. We so fortunate to have had peaches. We don't get them every year, so it was a treat.

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  8. Diane, absolutely gorgeous looking Arborio Rice Pudding with homemade Peach Preserves - we love rice pudding and I often make it often for the kids. sometimes with a homemade apple-pear compote, sometimes just plain with some lovely cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg on top - be that as it may, your version looks creamy, delicious and evertyhing a great rice pudding should look like!
    Have a nice weekend (if you get a chance, I did answer your question with respect to the spelt flour..)
    Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea... I'm heading over to your blog right now.

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  9. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this!!
    My Mom used to make rice pudding quite often and it was my Dad's favorite dessert :)
    This brings back happy memories - thank you!!

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    1. Thanks Winnie,
      It is such a special dessert. I hope you try it with Arborio rice... really fantastic.

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  10. It’s nice to get a burst of summer at the end of January! Your rice pudding looks luscious, and I love the idea of peach preserves as a topping! Happy Weekend, Diane

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  11. I like thick chewy rice pudding too, and this looks lovely with the peach preserves. Alas, I love to bake!

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  12. This sounds delicious! I'm a huge fan of rice pudding. Visiting from See You in the Gumbo :)

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    1. I have just become a huge fan. I've already made this twice since I posted it.

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  13. I made this recipe yesterday but mine failed did not post it was black at that bottom of pan :(

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that Kenneth. Was your pan non-stick? Stirring continually at the end? Heat too high? I hope you'll give it another go.

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  14. Sounds like I have to do a bit of research before making rice pudding. I have never made risotto so I have a lack of experience there too. My son has a peanut allergy but dislikes all nuts too. I made these for my book club so they could eat them up. Have a great week.

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    1. I think you need to get some arborio rice and try both rice pudding and risotto you won't be disappointed.

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  15. Rice pudding is one of my favorite treats (and I especially love it with arborio).

    Hope today's snow was kind to you...

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    1. We got seriously dumped on with layer of ice.

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  16. Baking and weight management are often in conflict around here! I like to bake but it gets difficult to keep up with the two Dorie groups. Even the neighbors hate to see me coming with a plate of something:) Well, its more of a love/hate thing. I remember enjoying this rice pudding even though I'm not a rice pudding lover. Your husband's peach preserves sound perfect!

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    1. Thanks for understanding so well. Yes, the preserves are almost gone.

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  17. wow...i grew up on rice pudding and my mama could make THE BEST...I haven't had it for years...I think I will give it a try with my regular white rice, since I have it on hand. Thanks for reminding me about this delicious treat.
    Our daughter bought FED UP for her daddy and we haven't watched it yet...maybe the weekend.

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing! I am visiting you from The Let's Get Real Blog Hop! I am always scared of cooking with rice but I think it is time that I start!

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  19. I'm not much of a baker either, so I always appreciate a dessert that doesn't require the oven. With all the rice we eat around here it is shocking that I have never, ever had rice pudding! Love that touch of summer in the middle of winter from the peach preserves.

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  20. Delicious, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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  21. This sounds fabulous with the peaches or caramel sauce! I'm so glad you shared on Weekend Bites Diane, or I may have missed this one. I can't wait to give it a try.

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    1. Enjoy, I want to make this every week now...addictive.

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  22. Hi Diane,
    I just love Rice Pudding, this looks so comforting. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  23. I love that you are offering something so simple and fancy at the same time! Your recipe has been selected for Family Fun Friday! I am featuring it over at brittalafont.com on Thursday Feb 12, Stop by and grab your "I was featured" button! Already pinned it too! Great job!

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  24. Hello my favourite girl! I'm not a big fan of rice pudding but your's certainly looks great Diane. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursdays. Thanks for always linking up your beautiful recipes.

    Anne xx

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    1. Thanks so much Anne,
      I wasn't a fan of rice pudding until I made this recipe, now I want to make it all of the time.

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