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I have been looking for this recipe for years. We lost all our Scandinavian recipes when my grandparents passed. We used to have this all the time when I was a child. At least once a week. Usually served with sausages. Thanks so much!
You need to add whipping cream and vanilla and dont forget to hide the whole almond in the rice pudding and get the surprise at the end. This had no taste whatsoever. My family is also danish and we make this every christmas eve. And then I eat it for breakfast for the next week.
This is the traditional recipe. And as for Veganized's comment: Danish families split down the middle. Some have rice porridge as a starter before the main Christmas meal and others have the posher version with whipped cream, almonds and cherry sauce called Risalamande as a dessert. Its really mostly taste these days. But it used to be a matter of budget, less affluent families started with the rice porridge to fill everyone up before the expensive meat dishes whereas the well to do had the more expensive and refined risalamande after the main meal. In both cases a whole almond is placed somewhere in the bowl and whoever gets it in their portion wins a price.
This is great. It's the same recipe my mother-in-law in Denmark uses. I really don't see why reviewers complain about semantics, when the point of a recipe review is to respond to the FOOD, not some culture lesson. (And if you're going to be pedantic, it's "paa dansk," not "en Dansk.")
"risengrÃ¸d" (unsweetened "rice porridge") is served for dinner as main dish. "Risalamande" (sweet rice porridge) is a dessert based on (cold) "risengrÃ¸d" with whipping cream, almonds and vanilla served with cherry sauce. It's the dessert that's the real tradition on Christmas Eve!
You should give this dish its correct name: 'Risalamande' Also, the little people are known as 'NISSE' en Dansk. My mum (Mor) makes this but uses double cream and chopped almonds and one whole almond. This dish always gets eaten up!
You forgot to include that during Christmas, the Danes would leave rice pudding outside their front door next to their wooden shoes for the elves. The elves would then leave presents in the wooden shoes.