Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TWD: Black and White Arborio Rice Pudding


This week's selection was not only something I had never made before, it was also something I had never ever tasted before. The idea of rice in my pudding has never seemed very appetizing to me. But Dorie gushed about it in her book and I know the woman has good taste, so who am I to question that?

The selection was made this week by Isabelle of Les gourmandises d’Isa. She is in Canada and her blog is written in French. Even though I can't read her recipes, her creations look delightful!


I could only find a ginormous bag of arborio rice at my supermarket, and since I only used 1/4 cup for the pudding, I now have to make ginormous amounts of risotto with what's left. But since I love risotto, it's not a bad dilemma to have.

The pudding was easy enough to make. When I asked my hubby what flavor he preferred - chocolate or vanilla - he said "definitely vanilla." And if you know me at all, you'll know I said "definitely chocolate." So, I made half and half. It all came together nicely. I fortunately read Dorie's comment on the TWD site to increase the cooking time to 55 minutes instead of 30. And after 55 minutes on the stovetop, it was pretty perfect.

So, I let it chill for the recommended 6 hours, put it into pretty little serving dishes, and we dove right in. I was a little worried that I wouldn't care for it. I'm not used to rice in desserts. But it was really pretty good. It tasted just like pudding... but with risotto rice in it! I tasted the vanilla and I by far preferred the chocolate. I'm not sure I'll ever make this again, but at least now I can say I've had rice pudding! Another successful week!

17 comments:

Michelle said...

delicious! I LOVE your little serving dishes!!!

Cathy said...

Yours looks perfect -- just the right consistency! I agree, this was better than I expected, seeing as I didn't go into it with some lifelong yearning to make rice pudding.

Engineer Baker said...

Too pretty! Nothing wrong with day after day of risotto though - so many things you can do with it.

Flourchild said...

Im glad it turned out good for you. I may have liked it better if it was vanilla. Nice serving dishes you have!

Natashya said...

You got great results for your first rice pudding! Congrats. :)

pinkstripes said...

Your rice puddings look perfectly creamy and yummy!

Mary Ann said...

I was in the same boat as you, never had it or made it, but pleasantly surprised at how good it was. It looks like yours thickened up beautifully! The chocolate version was tasty~

Kayte said...

Yours looks lovely...and it sounds like it was a big hit there. I love it when that happens, when a new recipe meets with success! You did a great job! Pretty little bowls.

Sabrina said...

You did a very nice job! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Laura said...

Nice job - your black and white versions look delicious and the perfect consistency! I did not read the p&q comments and really wished I had. Won't make that mistake again :-)

Zesty Cook said...

great looking rice pudding! WOW


zesty

Pamela said...

I think I have the exact same dishes. I got them a few months ago, when Home Goods opened close by! Great taste! I feel the same as you, at least I tried it. It was good pudding, but just not what I would choose for dessert. Great job!

n.o.e said...

Well, the pudding looks really great, and now you can check that off the list (if it was ever really on the list to begin with!)
Nancy

Cakelaw said...

Nice job - and I love your red serving plates.

Jess said...

I agree with you on the chocolate - yours looks wonderful in the little red dish!

Teanna said...

Yay!!! Someone who liked the chocolate! It looks great!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love those red ramekins!!