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1 hr 15 mins
Danish Christmas rice pudding with warm cherry sauce or Risalamande is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. Whoever finds the hidden almond receives a small gift. I like this recipe because it is cooked entirely on the stove top and cooks in one hour, rather than in the oven for two hours or more. Can be made in advance and refrigerated until serving time. The Danes often buy a store bought cherry sauce, but I've included a recipe for home-made. :) Adapted from an online source.
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- 4 cups full-fat milk
- 1/3 cup short-grained white rice (65 g)
- 1/2 vanilla pod (reserve the other half for the sauce)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup almond paste (or use almond flakes or finely chopped almonds)
- 1 whole almond (more if you have several children present)
- 1Split half of the vanilla pod length ways, scrape out the seeds.
- 2Place the milk and vanilla in a heavy-bottomed pan. Bring to a boil.
- 3Reduce the heat. Add the rice gradually, stirring constantly.
- 4Increase the heat and bring to a boil again.
- 5When the milk boils, reduce the heat, cover and simmer on a very low heat for about 1 hour or until the rice is cooked. Stir from time to time, making sure that the rice doesn’t stick too much to the bottom.
- 6Leave to cool completely.
- 7Whip the cream together with sugar. Fold the whipped cream and almonds into the rice. You can add more sugar or more almonds if you wish. Serve with warm cherry sauce.
- 8Now make the cherry sauce. Place the cherries in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and 1 1/2 cups water. Add the vanilla pod. Simmer until the cherries are tender.
- 9Combine the potato starch with 2 tablespoons cold water.
- 10Bring the cherries to a boil. Remove the vanilla pod from the pot. Reduce the heat, and , stirring constantly, slowly pour the water with the starch. Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
- 11Stir in the lemon juice and serve warm over the rice pudding. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf, if desired.
- 12* I used frozen sour cherries in this recipe, but regular sweet cherries should work as well.
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Nutritional Facts for Danish Christmas Rice Pudding With Almonds and Warm Cherry Sauce
Serving Size: 1 (516 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 618.3
- Calories from Fat 319
- Total Fat 35.5 g
- Saturated Fat 18.8 g
- Cholesterol 105.9 mg
- Sodium 134.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 65.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
- Sugars 45.6 g
- Protein 12.5 g
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