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Dolce: Cardamom Rose Rice Pudding

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After a particularly action-packed week at work, I spent some time this past weekend looking for a sweet treat to bring into the office. I wanted to make something homey and delicious, something to say thanks to my colleagues.

I thought back to one of the most comforting desserts from my childhood – rice pudding. It’s soft, luscious, and relatively easy to make. This recipe, adapted from Rosewater & Thyme, adds in Mediterranean flavors with the warmth of cardamom, floral notes of rose, and rich vanilla. This rice pudding was particularly easy to make. It requires infusing the milk with spices the night before working on the final product, so it’s a great weekend project. Bonus points for this recipe as it is both vegan and gluten-free. The next time I make this, I may add a little more coconut milk at the end, just to make the pudding all the more creamy. –jacque

Instructions

4 cups coconut milk

1 vanilla bean

9 cardamom pods

2/3 cup basmati rice

sprinkle of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons rose water

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 teaspoon water

pistachios, to top

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, mix coconut milk with cardamom pods and vanilla bean. Make sure to open the vanilla bean and scrape all of the vanilla-y goodness into the milk mixture. Heat this mixture on high/medium heat until almost boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight to allow the spices to infuse.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. In a baking dish, mix rice with the spicy milk mixture. Add a pinch of salt and stir. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes. Stir and cook for 30 more minutes.

4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

5. Make a quick syrup by mixing agave nectar with rosewater and regular water.

6. You can serve the pudding warm or chilled, depending on what you fancy. Before you dig in, top with the rosewater syrup and pistachios.

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This entry was posted on June 18, 2013 by in Dolce and tagged , , , .

About Jacque & Jaime

Jaime and Jacque are two gals who discovered a mutual passion for Mediterranean flavors and ingredients and never turned back. They started Mezze & Dolce to share this love, their recipes, and their inspirations with the world. Follow them at www.mezzeanddolce.com.

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