Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Arborio Rice Pudding

I don't really recall eating a lot of rice pudding - ever. I know my grandfather made it occasionally and maybe I had some once or twice? I can confidently say however, my grandfather never used arborio rice or soymilk in his rice pudding.
This week's selection was chosen by Isabelle of Les gourmandises d'Isa. I love making Dorie recipes but I kind of hate having to wait to eat them, the pudding has to chill for six hours before being devoured. Luckily I got distracted and didn't stand in front of the fridge with a kitchen timer.
The pudding was about a 4 (out of 10) on the 'easy to make scale'. I had no problems with it, except during the final few minutes of it cooking I forgot to stir and got a few grains stuck to the bottom of the pot. Whoops.
I did 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 chocolate, using finely chopped bittersweet chocolate. After dinner Sunday night Doug and I split the chocolate portion and we ate it so quickly I didn't have a chance for a picture (the one above is before it was refrigerated). It was very, very good. I followed the recipe, only changing the addition of the milk. The recipe calls for something like 3 cups of whole milk, I used 2 cups of whole milk and used vanilla soymilk for the remainder. I think it added an extra little bit of flavor.
Great recipe, something I'll make again. There are some many flavor variations, the possibilites are endless!


Engineer Baker said...

Thank goodness, another person putting this on the "to make again" list. I was afraid nobody's turned out!

Teanna said...

Mmm! The bananas look so good! I'm so glad it turned out so well!

Kimberly Johnson said...

The bananas look like a great addition! Yum!

Anne said...

It looks great- I'm glad it was a hit! The last picture is too cute- I love your haircut!

pinkstripes said...

Rice pudding with bananas sounds wonderful. YUM!

Stacey M. said...

I can say that I've eaten rice pudding once...maybe...or was that Tapioca? Or are they the same thing? Hrmmm...who knows. All I know is that I didn't like the texture at all.

Now, the older I get, the more I appreciate varying textures in food - nuts, dried fruit, etc.

I'm heading to Davis Kidd tonight for an ECS fundraiser...maybe I'll even come up off the $40 for the Dorie book since the money is for our school.

I'll let you know. Looking forward to Friday! (I'm jumping up and down on the inside with excitement...and about to to back to that link you sent yesterday to read more....)

The Food Librarian said...

Oh, bananas sound perfect....very comforting! I want to try soy milk next time.