Wednesday October 31, 2012

There’s something particularly autumnal about puddings. Surely, it has something to do with cravings for all things rich and creamy as the weather cools.

So we created this deliciously rich and creamy rice pudding just for fall, a time to show apples and pears.

Most rice puddings are made by slowly simmering starchy white rice in milk. But we decided to use a technique more common to risotto. The milk is added more slowly to the rice and cooked into it before more is added. Frequent stirring creates a thicker, creamier pudding.

CARAMELIZED APPLE

GINGER RICE PUDDING

Start to finish: 1 hour

Servings: 6

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup arborio rice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup diced candied ginger

4 cups milk, divided

In a medium saucepan over medium-high, melt the butter. Add the apples and cinnamon and saute until browned and caramelized, about 7 minutes.

Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the salt, sugar, ginger and 1 cup of the milk.

Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until almost all of the milk has been absorbed.

Add another cup of milk and repeat with the stirring and cooking until almost entirely absorbed.

Repeat with the remaining milk, 1 cup at a time, or until the rice is cooked through and the mixture is creamy.

Serve warm and, if desired, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

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