White Chocolate Rice Pudding, Cherries and Almonds

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Manami

This is a Bobby Flay recipe, and as usual, have altered it a bit to suit personal preferences. Instead of cherry sauce we make it raspberry, or possibly apricot.

Top Review by gizmom

My husband has made this recipe several times - always to rave reviews. The only change he has made is to increase the amount of milk (we like a runnier pudding). If you are looking for a decadent recipe, this is it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 12 cups whole milk
  • 23 cup long-grain rice (such as Carolina rice) or 23 cup arborio rice (my preference)
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 14 teaspoon vanilla beans (pod, seeds only) or 1 tablespoon good vanilla extract
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 4 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped (recommended Lindt or Valrhona)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (optional)
  • 14 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • warm cherry sauce

  • preserves
  • cinnamon
  • kirsch
  • whipped cream (to garnish, the real stuff) (optional)
  • 14 cup slivered almonds, toasted, for garnish


  2. Combine milk, arborio rice, sugar, vanilla & salt, in a heavy, large saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens and rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.
  4. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Whisk egg yolks and cream together in a small bowl.
  6. Gradually whisk 1/2 cup rice mixtures into egg mixture(to temper); return mixture to the saucepan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; DO NOT LET BOIL.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Add white chocolate and stir until melted.
  9. Stir in the orange zest(if using) and cinnamon.
  10. Transfer pudding to a large bowl, cover, and chill until cold. (Cover with plastic wrap touching the pudding, so skin doesn't form).
  12. Bring preserves and cinnamon to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat, add the kirsch(or other liqeuer, if using other fruit preserves).
  13. Carefully ignite with a long match or just warm through(I think the latter is safer, at home).
  15. Serve pudding in bowls or large goblets with Warm Cherry Sauce, whipped cream, and toasted almonds on top, or layer in parfait glasses.
  16. Either way it will look lovely and taste even better.
  17. Enjoy!

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