Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is from Dorie Greenspan’s newest cookbook, “Around my French Table”. It's a delicious, comforting dessert, with or without the apples. The slight tartness of the apples and the decadence of homemade caramel sauce pair nicely with a creamy and not too sweet vanilla rice pudding. COOKING NOTES: Watch the pudding closely in the last 10 minutes, don’t cook it until all the milk is gone or you’ll have a stiff pudding. If you are going to chill it add more vanilla extract as the cold will mute flavors. Press a plastic wrap on the surface and let the pudding cool to room temperature. DO AHEAD: Pudding can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated. Caramel apples can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Stir over medium heat until just warm before using.
- 1 pinch salt
- 1⁄2 cup arborio rice
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 sweet apples, such as gala, fuji, braeburn, or jonagold peeled
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup apple cider, at room temperature
- 1 pinch salt
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
- To make the rice pudding. Bring about 3 cups of water and the salt to a boil in a medium to large saucepan. Stir the rice and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse out the pan.
- Put the milk and sugar in the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to medium/medium-low, and cook at a steady simmer, stirring frequently. Pay particular attention at the beginning, because the milk has a tendency to bubble up exuberantly and will bubble over even in a tall pot if you don’t catch it and stir it down in time. Stir in the vanilla at the end.
- To make the apples. Cut the apples into 1/4 inch thick slices and then cut each piece crosswise. Sprinkle the sugar in the center of a medium nonstick skillet. Moisten with a splash of lemon juice and then turn the heat to medium high. When the sugar melts, bubbles and start to color, either tilt the pan or stir the sugar with a fork or wooden spoon. As soon as the sugar is a nice amber color, pull the pan away from the heat. Stand away, because the mixture will splatter, and add the butter, swirling to mix it inches.
- Put the skillet on medium heat, pour in the cider, and add the salt. Bring the cider to a boil, then add the apples. cook, stirring often for 5 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Pour in the heavy cream and boil for 1 minute more, then turn the apples and caramel sauce into a heatproof bowl and allow to cool. The apples are ready to serve when they are just slightly warm or at room temperature. (Don’t taste them as soon as they’re cooked: the caramel is very hot.).
- Put a little of the caramel sauce in the bottom of each bowl or glass (Martini glasses look great), top with rice pudding, and finish with apples and a little more sauce. If you’d like, add a dollop of whipped cream.