White Chocolate Rice Pudding, Cherries and Almonds

Recipe by Manami
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READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4 12
    cups whole milk
  • 23
    cup long-grain rice (such as Carolina rice) or 2/3 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
  • whipped cream (to garnish, the real stuff) (optional)
  • 14
    cup slivered almonds, toasted, for garnish
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DIRECTIONS

  • RICE PUDDING:
  • Combine milk, arborio rice, sugar, vanilla & salt, in a heavy, large saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens and rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Whisk egg yolks and cream together in a small bowl.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add white chocolate and stir until melted.
  • Stir in the orange zest(if using) and cinnamon.
  • Transfer pudding to a large bowl, cover, and chill until cold. (Cover with plastic wrap touching the pudding, so skin doesn't form).
  • WARM CHERRY SAUCE:
  • 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).
  • Carefully ignite with a long match or just warm through(I think the latter is safer, at home).
  • ASSEMBLING THE PUDDING:
  • Serve pudding in bowls or large goblets with Warm Cherry Sauce, whipped cream, and toasted almonds on top, or layer in parfait glasses.
  • Either way it will look lovely and taste even better.
  • Enjoy!
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