Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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!