Rice pudding with poached prunes

Rice pudding with poached prunes

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4-6
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Jason Lowe

Sometimes I dream about rice pudding. Properly made, it is sweet, gentle and always alluring to me. And it has the added advantage of taking very little effort. I like to use risotto rice – its small, plump grains absorb the flavours of sweet, vanilla-infused milk better than long- or short-grain rice. You might prefer a dollop of jam with your rice pudding instead of the prunes; if so, try infusing the rice during cooking with 3 or 4 rose-scented geranium leaves too.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g risotto rice
900ml whole milk
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
1 lemon, pared zest
small pinch salt
150g caster sugar
200ml double cream

Poached prunes

Quantity Ingredient
150g plump, soft prunes
4 tablespoons pedro ximénez sherry
5 tablespoons boiling water

Method

  1. Rinse the rice well under cold running water, then tip it into a heavy-based saucepan. Add the milk, vanilla pod, lemon zest and salt and bring almost to a simmer over a medium heat. Now turn down the heat as low as possible (a heat-diffuser mat is useful here) and put the lid on, placing it slightly off centre, so it isn’t quite covering the pan. Cook, stirring every now and then, for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked but still retains the slightest bite.
  2. In the meantime, stone the prunes and place in a small bowl. Pour over the sherry, followed by the boiling water, and leave to steep for 20 minutes.
  3. When the rice is cooked until al dente, stir in the sugar and cream and cook for a further 10 minutes. The pudding needs to be creamy with a soft consistency – it should easily drop from a spoon.
  4. Transfer the rice pudding to a serving dish and allow to stand for 5–10 minutes. Serve warm, not piping hot, topped with the poached prunes.
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