Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Black & White Arborio Rice Pudding

First let me say I adore rice pudding. It is pure creamy comfort in a bowl. But oh how I wish I had read the P&Q before making this one!

I did a few double takes while reading this recipe. First at just 1/4 cup of rice with that much liquid for 4 serves. Ummmm, what the...? Next at just 30 minutes cooking time to absorb 80% of the liquid into such a teeny tiny amount of rice? Eeek.

I have made rice pudding with arborio many times and we always have it in the pantry. The parboiling worked well but there simply was not enough rice. Even after close to 50 minutes cooking time it was still pretty soupy and never really thickened in the fridge.

The taste test ...

Despite the soupiness this was lovely. I much preferred the plain vanilla to the chocolate, partly because the chocolate flavour was too intense but also because it ended up with an odd grainy texture which was not at all appealing. Let the record show that N disagrees with this point - he is all about the texture. So, next time more rice, more cooking and less chocolate. Then we will have a winner!

Thank you to Isabelle of Les Gourmandises d’Isa for this week's pick. Even the weather cooperated, with temps dropping from mid 30s to low 20s (celsius). Perfect for rice pudding!

Next week: Thanksgiving Twofer Pie.


  1. The perfect comfort food for colder weather, I agree. I'm glad you liked it with all its faults :)

  2. I read all the comments and Dorie's response with the correct time and mine was still soupy. It did taste good though.

  3. The vanilla version was the winner here as well. Glad you like it!

  4. This recipe is so crazy. Maybe Dorie likes soupy rice pudding? To each her own. ;)

  5. I loved the vanilla one too. It was perfectly rich and comforting (although it was close to 90 degrees here in Los Angeles!)

  6. I wish I had read it too - I was so disappointed that mine came out soupy. I fixed it, but next time I'm going to cook the heck out of it and make sure it comes out right! Love how you combined the black and white in the bowl!

  7. try doubling the amount of rice. I love rice pudding too - it is so soothing!

  8. I'm glad you liked this one!!! It looks great... I love your presentation!

  9. I completely agree with you. I definitely preferred the vanilla version, and I didn't mind the soupiness of it all.


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