Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
This pudding is a wonderful creamy and rich dessert. The dish uses tropical fruits and the versatile coconut for the perfect ending to a spicy Caribbean meal.
- 1 medium coconut
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1⁄4 cup arborio rice, uncooked
- 1⁄3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup dark raisin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 medium mango
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon butter, to butter dish
- Puncture the soft top part of the coconut with a long nail or ice pick and drain liquid into a small dish or measuring cup.
- Crack the coconut using a hammer and separate the white meat from the shell. Peel off the thin brown skin; strain the reserved coconut liquid through a fine sieve to remove any impurities. Measure liquid, if there is not ½ cup of liquid additional water may be added to equal ½ cup. Using half the coconut meat (approximately 4 oz weight) puree the coconut with the liquid. This mixture should measure 1 cup approximately.
- Grate the remaining coconut with the medium blade of a food processor or on a medium hand grater, reserve ½ cup grated coconut and package the remaining and store in freezer or refrigerator for other uses.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and butter a 2 quart oven proof casserole.
- Add the coconut slurry, half and half, rice, salt and brown sugar; place in preheated oven and bake for 2 hours making sure to stir every 30 minutes to prevent the rice from settling to the bottom.
- The last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in the vanilla extract, raisins and ginger. Sprinkle with the reserved ½ cup grated coconut.
- While the pudding is cooking, peel and dice mango over blender jar to capture all the juices; add the lime juice and puree together in a blender. Pour into small dish, cover and refrigerate until serving time.
- Serve the pudding warm from the oven topped with a spoon or so of the mango puree.
I can truly say this was enjoyed by all. I am just crazy about the rice combination, but not so crazy about the Mango sauce. It just didn't seem to go with the rice. My son and friends that were visiting ate all the rice combo, but the sauce didn't go much at all. All in all a fantastic recipe and a good job by the chef in the RSC contest. I'm not real familiar with mangos, so I'm not sure I can judge the sauce correctly, so you be the judge. Thanks Paula