It's Tuesday with Dorie again, and this week, our host is Isabelle of Les Gourmandises d'Isa. Isabelle has chosen Dorie's recipe for one of my favourite desserts - rice pudding!
I chose to make both "black" (chocolate) and "white" rice pudding, mainly out of curiosity because I had never tried chocolate rice pudding before.
Just before writing this post, I read the comments in the TWD forum, and found that lots of people had problems with the pudding not thickening. I must admit to being very sceptical about only a quarter of a cup of rice being used to make the pudding, with more than three cups of liquid. However, mine thickened up nicely, even using the 35 minutes boiling time in the recipe (which Dorie subsequently corrected in the TWD forum to 55 minutes). This may be because I have a very lively stove - even when turned down as far as it will go, my gas cooktop still flames strongly, which means that I often have problems with recipes that have to simmer for long periods running out of liquid.
The finished product was delicious! You only end up with a small amount of pudding - enough for 3-4 serves maximum - but this is perfect for me. It was also delightfully creamy, and the rice is softer than in my Mum's quicker, low fuss version. I think I preferred the chocolate pudding, but both were good.
Although the time needed to make this pudding is greater than for my usual rice pudding recipe, the tasty end result was worth it.
To see the other TWD members' interpretations of Dorie's arborio rice pudding, check out the TWD blogroll here.