+ Coconut Rice Pudding, a fresh take on an old classic +
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This week I played around with a fabulous new recipe for an old classic, rice pudding. As a kid I thought rice pudding was a serious mistake on my parent’s part. Who on earth would add rice to pudding. What, do you top it with soy sauce? Gross! And then, I matured a bit and decided to give it a go. It only to one bite to fall in love. It just takes you back to sitting in the kitchen with grandma. It’s sweet but not too sweet, it’s rich and creamy and a perfect way to top off a fun meal. This recipe is typically made with milk and cream, but it translates really well with coconut milk.
For this recipe, I decided to go with Arborio rice, the rice that you use to make risotto. It’s high starch content I thought would lend nicely to the whole pudding concept making it extra creamy and rich. The recipe is quite simple, here are the ingredients…
Coconut Rice Pudding Recipe
1 cup of full fat coconut milk
2 3/4 cup of Silk Coconut milk
1 tablespoon butter (or coconut oil to make it dairy-free)
1/3 cup of Arborio rice
1/4 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
In a small sauce pan, add your full-fat coconut milk and Silk Coconut milk and warm over medium heat. You just want to bring the temperature up a bit so you don’t need to simmer or boil the milk. In a large pot, add your butter and melt over medium heat. Add your rice and cook for 1 minute. Then take a ladle of your warm milk and ladle it into the rice and stir. The rice will absorb the milk. Let it cook until it gets think, that will only take a minute or so at the beginning, and then add another ladle full of milk. Stir, and when the mixture gets thick again, add another ladle of milk. Keep this process going until you have used almost all of the milk. Reserve roughly a couple of tablespoons to temper the egg.
Test the rice and make sure that it is cooked to the consistency that you would like. Some like their rice with a little bite to it, others like it really soft. It’s really your choice. Remove the rice from the heat.
In a small bowl, crack an egg and whisk it slowly adding the last of the warm milk to temper the eggs. This will keep the eggs from turning into scrambled eggs. Then stir that mixture into the rice pudding.
Add your sugar, salt, vanilla and nutmeg and stir until combined. Place your pudding into dessert cups or a shallow dish, cover with plastic wrap, with the wrap touching the surface of the pudding and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
I actually prefer this pudding more at room temperature rather than completely chilled, but that’s totally up to you. It’s actually really good warm too!
I topped ours with some diced mango, but you can top it with raisins, nuts, granola or whipped cream too.
What’s your favorite coconut recipe? Have you tried making it with Silk Coconut Milk? Give it a go and come tell me what you think! Don’t forget to get your coupon and other great recipes HERE and connect with the folks at Silk on Facebook as well.
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