I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE rice pudding. Not so much the thin, out of-the-can gloop, no, I love the home-made stuff that slowly fills the house with a warm, sugary scent long before it’s ready to eat.
So, when Expedia got in touch and asked me to take part in their World on a Plate challenge by creating a dish from or inspired by Portugal, I knew straight away what I had to make.
Arroz Doce is a Portuguese rice pudding that is thick, creamy, sweet and served semi-set with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.
I should confess, I’m not Portuguese and no one with official knowhow has taste-tested this recipe, but I’ve made many a rice pud, and I researched carefully to tweak my recipe to make it true to the Portuguese method.
Most importantly, I’ve tasted it, in fact, I’ve eaten masses of it, and I think it’s flippin’ lovely, so I’m going to go ahead and share it with you.
- 500g Arborio rice
- 2 pts boiling water
- rind of 1 lemon – in large strips
- 2pts whole milk
- 400g sugar
- pinch salt
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Put the rice and lemon rind in a large pan
- Cover with the boiling water and bring up to the boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes
- Strain off the excess liquid through a sieve, then return the rice to the pan and add the milk
- Heat on medium-low until bubbling, then stir in the sugar and salt
- Bring almost up to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook without the lid this time, stirring very regularly for about 10 minutes
- Whisk your egg yolks with a few spoonfuls of the rice so that it doesn’t scramble, then stir them into the pot
- Now it’s a game of patience, keep heating and regularly stirring. After about 40 minutes you’ll have lovely thick, creamy rice pudding
- Label your pudding onto a large platter and leave to set for a few minutes
- Using a pinched thumb and forefinger, carefully sprinkle on your cross hatch cinnamon pattern, or any design you fancy.
- Once completely cooled, the pudding will have firmed up enough to serve by the spoonful. DIVINE!
I really hope you try this, and I hope my Portuguese readers will be kind in their judgement!
This is a commissioned post for Expedia