Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Milk Rice (Milchreis) is a very traditional German Dessert. As I child I love it. And I still love it. But very often is made more like a pudding and the texture of the rice is almost lost. "My Way" milk rice is based on Risotto Rice of high quality, because the rice makes this dessert. I suggest to use "Carnaroli" rice for this dessert. But you should always use rice which is suited for making a Risotto (e.g. Arborio). The dessert is not overly sweet, but everyone can add more sweetness by sprinkling more of sugar on the served dessert. You can also adapt the consistency to your need. If you like it more soupy add a bit more milk or a little cream, if you like a rich and silk dessert. But sure this dessert is not only a kid pleaser it is a dessert which everyone will love. Serve it with a glass of milk, hot chocolate or a strong coffee. I love it not overly sweet. The flavours of the lemon peel and vanilla made this a very delicate dessert. The cinnamon added at last add some more spicy notes to it. The butter (or cream, if you added some) make it smooth and silky.
- 1 cup carnaroli rice (see note)
- 2 -3 cups milk
- 1 dash salt
- 1⁄4 lemon, zest of
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Wash Canaroli rice under running water until water is almost clear.
- Put rice into pot. Add two cups of milk, the lemon rind and salt. Bring to a boil. Stirring frequently to avoid sticking of rice and burning.
- Reduce heat to medium high and boil for 15 to 20 minutes. It should be a soft boiling. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- If the milk is absorbed before the rice is done add a little more milk. The rice is done, when it is soft, but still has a bite. This should be after 15 minutes. If you like the rice more soft cook it longer. You should taste some rice corns from time to time (see not on cooking time).
- After the rice is cooked to the consistency you like remove from heat and remove lemon rind. Add butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir.
- If the consistency of the milk rice is too firm add some more milk or cream for desired consistency.
- For serving: mix sugar with cinnamon.
- Serve milk risotto warm. Serve sugar-cinnamon mixture, so that everyone can adjust sweetness. If you like not overly sweet, just sprinkle some cinnamon over the milk risotto.
- NOTE on "Cooking Time": Carnaroli Rice needs about 15 minutes to be "al dente". If you like it more soft cook it longer for about 5 minutes. Taste from time to time some rice corns. I always start with 2 cups of milk, but depending on cooking time and desired "softness" of rice you may need more (up to 3 cups). If the milk is absorbed add just a little more milk. If you like the "pure" Risotto consistency, the consistnecy should be creamy and the spoon should build a wave, when you stir the rice.
- NOTE on "Carnaroli Rice": I use this rice, because it gives the best results. You could use other rice varieties, like Arborio, but it should be a high quality short grain rice which is suitable for making a Risotto.
This was a lovely dessert risotto - I did add lots of grated lemon rind at the end and it tasted great although I did need to use 4 cups of milk to get the desired softness of the rice . I used arborio rice and served this with stewed fruit.
Excellent! I didn't use lemon and replaced a cup of milk with a cup of cream. I also used a very light unrefined sugar. It was lush and didn't need anything extra on top! Two of us gobbled it all up for an afternoon treat on a snowy day. Thanks for posting!
Thank you so much for the recipe and the tip with the Carnaroli or Arborio rice. I'm from Germany and always loved Milchreis, but since living in the US, I couldn't find the right brand of rice to make it very creamy. Thanks again.