Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Arborio Rice Pudding


rice pudding in blue bowl with white spoon and dried raspberries


[recipe here, also see note]

Hooray!! I am back to TWD. Sorry I didn't get around to checking out everyone's Kugelhopfs, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. In non-baking news, my rugby team came in 3rd place in our national tournament ;) Of course we wanted to win, but 3rd is not too shabby! (See my pics here!)

Anyway, back to the pudding at hand, chosen by Isabelle of Les gourmandises d'Isa. Isabelle picked Arborio Rice Pudding, and Dorie gives a recipe for either White (vanilla) or Black (chocolate) rice pudding. Since I recently bought some vanilla beans online (thanks for the inspiration, CB!), I figured I would stick with vanilla flavoring.

rice pudding in white bowl with metal spoon

I was also recently contacted by Sam of Oh! Nuts with a very generous offer of some free dried fruits. They sent over a ton of dried strawberries, cranberries and raspberries. I was pretty excited by the raspberries, since I've never seen those in a store, so I decided to soak them in some Chambord and add them in to the rice pudding. They were so delicious! I have some other plans for the rest of the dried fruit (if we don't eat them all first).

dried raspberries from oh nuts

The pudding itself was, as Dorie says, elemental. Just rice, a little sugar, a lot of milk, and flavoring. I've never made risotto or anything, but I guess now that I've gotten the Arborio rice, I'm obligated to do it sometime soon;)


box of arborio rice


The rice after parboiling:

rice after parboiling

As I said before, I bought a bunch of vanilla beans online. I've never used real vanilla beans before because they are always ridiculously expensive at the store, so I handled them reverently.

pack of vanilla beans

The poor vanilla bean... about to be gutted.

single vanilla bean

I split it open and scraped out the caviar...

vanilla bean, split and scraped

and added it to the milk and sugar mixture as it boiled. I figured this would give it a chance to permeate the flavor through the milk.

milk boiling with vanilla

It definitely worked! I was very pleased with the fragrant vanilla aroma of the mixture. After it boiled and I skimmed out the vanilla pod, I added the rice.

Here's where the controversy comes in, because I know you're thinking that my pudding is, well, more like a rice drink than a pudding. (I even strained it a little bit for the pictures... and when I say strained... I mean drank some of the liquid;) ) I simmered this mixture for 40 minutes, 10 minutes past the printed time, and it was still very thin.

pudding in ice bath

Unfortunately, I didn't read through all of the Problems & Questions posts, so I missed something important: there was a typo in the recipe :( My 40 minutes was not long enough, it should have gone for 55 minutes. Oh well — I'll know for next time!

Anyway, since it was so simple, it still tasted great — the texture was the only thing missing.

finished pudding with raspberries in blue dish with spoon

Thanks, Isa, for such a yummy and customizable pick :) And don't forget to check out the rest of the TWD bakers this week! I swear I will update my RSS reader this week, I just can't keep up with all of you prolific bakers! ;)

finished pudding in ramekin with spoon

39 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What gorgeous photos! A delicious pudding!

Cheers,

Rosa

VeggieGirl said...

WELCOME BAC TO TWD!! :-D

I LOVE the Oh! Nuts products - perfect use for this week's dessert-of-choice. Your pudding looks soooo scrumptious (perfect for your blog, haha).

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

First prize goes to you for using dried raspberries and Chambord (my favorite spirit)!

Laura said...

Amazing photos! I love the vanilla flecks in this pudding - I preferred the vanilla over the chocolate anyway. I'm gonna have to buy some of those vanilla beans online now :-)

vibi said...

Need I repeat myself, again and again? ...I'm still completely amazed by how you see tings through your lens! WOW.
I'm sorry for being so bad, that I comment more often your pictures than your food... but I can't help it. Rice pudding in the end, is just that: rice pudding. Only here can we enjoy RICE PUDDING!

rainbowbrown said...

Congratulations on the vanilla bean experience! If it's good enough to drink the strained milk you must have done them justice. :)

Linda said...

Wow you hit the motherload! I love dried strawberries and raspberries, but they are so damn expensive. With the dried berries and vanilla bean, you made a totally a decadent dessert!!

Sarah said...

Looks great!

chocolatechic said...

Mine thickened up really well, but I am not a fan of rice pudding.

Cathy said...

Congrats to your rugby team -- that is awesome! Your flavor combos are fantastic (I can't even imagine how wonderful that vanilla had to be), and as always, your photographs completely blow me away.

Marthe said...

I love the look of those berries: they look tasty! Since I'm not a big fan of rice pudding I'm doing a rewind.

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Kayte said...

Who cares about the pudding? I just got lost in all your great photos...wow. I always learn a lot over here, so thanks for sharing...dried raspberries, who knew? Now I do, and I am racking my brain trying to think what to do with those as rice pudding would not be in my top ten choices...LOL. You are amazing! Congrats to the rugby team! Third is wickedly wild and wonderful...way to go!

Isabelle said...

les photos sont superbes :)

Eunice said...

Oh NUTS why didn't they contact me too??? Hehe aww man it looks delish and I love the addition of the REAL vanilla. I'm in awe of that too. Lovely!

AmyRuth said...

Wow photos....always. What is the trick to spotlight white in white? Great work. okay the vanilla bean thing I read in one of my Maida Heatter's books about Tahitian vanilla beans. OMG if you ever get your hands on one of those moist and delicious beans, they are amazing. They cost a fortune but for special occasions. You will love using your beans. Enjoy and thanks for sharing about the dried raspberry and chambord soak. Sounds like a great layer of flavor for the vanilla mellowness.
AmyRuth

Engineer Baker said...

Umm, confession here - I read Chambord and dried raspberries and my eyes just glazed over. And then I saw vanilla beans, lots of vanilla beans. Awesomeness overload.

pinkstripes said...

Your pictures as always are gorgeous. Your rice pudding looks perfect and the addition chambord soaked dried raspberries is divine. YUM!

Mary Ann said...

I love the vanilla bean specks in your pudding. I had to laugh too, because I recently was contacted by Oh Nuts too. The raspberries would have been fabulous in this. I thought it tasted great even if it was a little soupy!

Anne said...

Wow, I love the additions and the photos are gorgeous! I strained mine the same way too, haha. :)

Tammy said...

Your photos are just beautiful!

Candy said...

Beautiful photos and delicious rice pudding!

n.o.e said...

Ooh, what a perfect set of flavors. I'm totally going to try vanilla bean. We really love rice pudding. And yes, that extra 15 minutes is when all the thickening happened.
Nancy

steph- whisk/spoon said...

you got rice pudding and rice milk in one--funny! looks like it was great, esp with that good vanilla bean!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your pudding looks fantastic and what a great idea to add the raspberries and Chambord!

Chez US said...

Looks fantastic and what a wonderful idea with raspberries. I loved this recipe!!!

Megan said...

Dried raspberries? You can't go wrong with that. They sound just wonderful!!

Pamela said...

Well, Kim...at least you didn't let the milk go to waste when you "strained" it! The pudding looks wonderful, and I love the vanilla bean. It was sacrificed for a worthy cause. I have never worked with vanilla beans before, but I would love to. I guess I better start snooping around for some!

The Food Librarian said...

Oh, those vanilla beans look lovely! And those Oh Nuts raspberries look yummy! Great job and, as always, spectacular photos.

CB said...

I lurve my vanilla beans. Organic-Vanilla is so awesome. Great quality, fast shipping, great product. They rock! Glad you finally listened to me and indulged in the vanilla bean greatness. HAHA. Rice pudding and photos are fabulous as always.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Pearl said...

hi there! i found your blog randomly and wanted to say that the rice pudding looks scrumptious! what a perfect autumn dessert! hopefully we can keep in touch through our blogs! :)

Y said...

Mmm.. now I feel like having rice pudding!

Jacque said...

The vanilla bean sounds like an awesome addition. Since there were so few ingredients, I'm sure the addition was noticeable.

It looks fantastically delicious!

Jess said...

Raspberries and chambord sounds divine. I think this pudding needed some vanilla specks - yours looks wonderful.

Teanna said...

I always enjoy coming here every week to see your absolutely gorgeous photos. And congrats on your Rugby success!!

Rachel said...

Chambord soaked raspberries? I don't even like rice pudding but I think I'd take a bite of yours just to get one of those...

Carol Peterman said...

Congratulations on your Rugby win! That's a hard core sport. Vanilla rice pudding with raspberries soaked in Chambord sounds so deliciously decadent. What a vanilla bean stash you have; nothing like jumping in with both feet. Seal them up really well, you don't want them to dry out, and they like to dry out. With all those beans you must make some vanilla extract. Homemade is so out of this world compared to the commercial stuff. I have been meaning to get my homemade vanilla post up for months and still haven’t, so I will email you my recipe.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I want your package of vanilla beans!! I like the idea of chambord-soaked raspberries too. As usual, gorgeous photos!

Lynnylu said...

I found some dried raspberries at Dekalb Farmers Market in Atlanta and soaked my in Framboise. Your photos are beautiful as always.

Jaime said...

i love seeing those little black specks of vanilla beans in your pudding!

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