Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
Middle Eastern cuisine was entirely new to me till the ZWT last yr, but I love rice pudding & consider it the ultimate comfort food. I recently ran across this recipe by Irfan Orga from "Cooking the Middle East Way". I admit it is rich & a bit labor-intensive, but I found the prep & likely outcome intriguing. I hope you will as well. Enjoy! (Time does not include time for mixtures to cool, rest or chill under refrigeration at various stages of the prep)
- 1⁄2 cup white rice (uncooked, but rinsed)
- 1 1⁄4 cups milk
- 1 1⁄4 cups light cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3⁄4 cup raisins
- 3 tablespoons fine sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
- 3⁄4 cup almonds (blanched & ground)
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2⁄3 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a lrg saucepan, boil rice in plenty of water till very soft. Drain well of liquid thru a fine sieve & return rice to the pan.
- Add milk, light cream, butter, raisins, fine sugar & a pinch of salt.
- Cook over med-heat till mixture is quite thick, stirring freq to prevent burning. Remove pan from heat & allow mixture to cool.
- Add beaten eggs + ground almonds & stir thoroughly.
- Pour pudding mixture into a well-buttered shallow baking dish & cook for 30 min or till the top of the pudding is a golden brown color.
- Remove pudding from oven & allow to rest for 10 minutes. With a very sharp knife, cut pudding into triangular shapes in the baking dish & allow it to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, put the granulated sugar & wine in a heavy saucepan & boil uncovered, stirring till the sugar dissolves & a thick syrup is obtained (about 10 min).
- Pour the syrup over the cut rice shapes in the dish & leave it to be absorbed. Chill in refrigerator till completely cold & serve w/whipped cream.
wow...say it louder WOW! This is something you would be proud to serve to family and friends. I thought it would be more sweet but it's not. It is just perfect. The topping makes a nice hard crust. That said this is what I did. I cut the recipe in half cuz there is only two of us. Also could not find light cream. Search said it was coffee or table cream (what is that?) I used half and half seemed to work just fine. I have a small pie plate that works great for two. I still cut it in six servings cuz there is a lot of calories in this dessert. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed, I thought this was one of those recipes that you got to drink the wine while you cooked it. :). No, you put the wine in the dish. But I did find that I was getting drunk stirring during step 8. You can talk to your friends for 10 minutes and it flies by but stirring for 10 minutes seems like a week. I plan to make this a lot. A must try by all. Thanks twissis for posting.
I'm a Quisine Queen and I made this for ZWT 6's tour of the Middle East. I knew I'd love this so I doubled the recipe...I have teenagers in the house and they love rice pudding. This recipe did not disappoint, very good. I used half and half for the light cream and everything else as stated.