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Rice Pudding: A Perfect Dessert For Your Summer Fruits

During a recent endeavor to make peach rice pudding popsicles, I loved the rice pudding so much (a good amount of it wound up in my stomach instead of the freezer!) that I decided it was time to make a batch.

Enter this rice pudding recipe, which highlights all the freshest Summer fruits. It's comfort food to the max, with a glutinous bite and creamy, vanilla undertones. Make sure you keep the saucepan at arm's length and stir the rice continuously. I got distracted watching the Olympics, and my saucepan overflowed on me! To get this simple recipe,


Warm Rice Pudding With Summer Fruits

Warm Rice Pudding With Summer Fruits

Warm Rice Pudding With Summer Fruits


1 quart milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1 1/2-inch strips of lemon zest
1/2 a vanilla bean, split lengthwise to expose seeds
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup Arborio rice
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 cups mixed Summer fruits, such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, or figs, in any combination, sliced as needed
Superfine sugar (optional)


  1. Combine the milk, granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, lemon zest, vanilla bean, and water in a wide saucepan. Bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the rice and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the grains are tender and the milk is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, beat the yolks with the lemon juice until well-blended. Whisk in about 1 cup of the hot rice to warm the egg mixture, then pour the mixture into the rice.
  4. Cook briefly, stirring constantly, until the pudding visibly thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and remove and discard the lemon zest and vanilla bean. Let the rice pudding cool until it is just warm; it will thicken as it cools.
  5. If the fruits need a little sweetening, add superfine sugar to taste. Divide the fruits among 6 or 8 plates or shallow glasses. Spoon the warm rice pudding over the top. To serve as a parfait, alternate layers of fruit and warm pudding.

Serves 6 to 8.

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NyMomster NyMomster 4 years
Made this tonight, sans fruit. Very nice, love, love, love the lemon peel addition. Without the fruit to sweeten definitely need some additional sugar...never made rice pudding with arborio rice, a little chewier but still delicious.
Mimikins Mimikins 5 years
The glass presentation is a great idea.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
thanks yum!
Food Food 7 years
cotedazur, arborio is a short-grain white rice that is frequently used in Italian dishes, such as risotto and rice pudding. However, if that isn't available, you can also substitute medium-grain white rice, which you can sometimes find in the Spanish section of stores. Good luck and happy cooking!
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
This may be evident to everyone but me, but... what is Arborio rice? And if it's not available in Europe, is there a more common rice variety that one could substitute?
daddio49 daddio49 7 years
Angelica Angelica 7 years
This looks delish!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I like to do the same with a simple vanilla custard.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
This looks sooooo yummy!
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