When you are curled up on the couch in your worn and much loved brown blanket, the tip of your toes still tingling with cold inside your woollen socks, your breath toasty on your palms as you try to warm them; there is but one thing that would melt your insides into rivers of molten warmth. Hugging a bowl of still-warm-from-the-cooktop vanilla rice pudding with the delicious steam fogging up your vision and a spiced wine poached plum to cut through the creaminess. If Downton Abbey happens to be on at the same time, your life may very well be complete.
A simple vanilla pudding is a fast, cheap and comforting dessert for those chilly nights when nothing else seems to warm you up. We are seeing quite a few of those in Sydney lately, chilly nights that is. It is quick to make, almost akin to porridge. I like to make it a tad special but serving it with a beautiful ruby plum or two poached gently in red wine simmering away with spices. The sweet creaminess of the pudding, the delicate vanilla after taste, the kick from the spicy wine and the tart sour flavour of the plum works magic together.
Vanilla Rice Pudding With Spiced Wine Poached Plums
1 cup short or long grain rice (approximately 180g)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla pod
1 litre full fat milk
3-4 tablespoons caster sugar
200ml pure (whipping) cream
for the plums
6 whole plums
2 cups red wine (I use a Shiraz or a slightly sweet Syrah)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 inch piece of cinnamon
1 teaspoon citrus peel
to make the pudding
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, boil rice and water with a bit of salt for 10 minutes on medium heat. Add vanilla extract (or pod), sugar and milk. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, cover with lid and gently simmer for 30 minutes. Stir and check occasionally to ensure the pudding doesn't stick to the bottom and start browning. Add the cream, stir well and cook for 5 more minutes.
At this point if using a vanilla pod, remove the pod and scrape the seeds into the pudding. Remove from heat, stir well and allow to cool to just warm. Add more sugar if you want it sweeter. Serve with poached plums.
to make the plums
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, place the plums. Add the wine, sugar and spices. Spoon some wine on to the plums. On low-medium heat, poach plums covered for approximately 15 minutes. When soft and cooked, remove from heat and carefully slice out the stone of the fruit before serving the plum on the pudding with a light drizzle of the wine sauce.
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Interesting idea, a tasting so different from my habits and I totally want to try this recipe..
I've never had rice pudding, but yours looks perfectly creamy & decadent. I can see why a bowl would bring one much comfort!
Ohhhh those poached plums look sooo good! What a great combination!
Mm - what a lovely dessert! I haven't had plums done like this in awhile, but what a perfect combo with the sweet and creamy rice pudding!
Mmm theres nothing better than curling up with a pudding on those cold nights. It's been quite warm here in Brisbane until the last week, which I'm happy about as that means indulging in gorgeous puddings like this and soups! My favourite time of the year 😀
Lovely styling Sneh, as always!
Ooh, love it! Rice pudding = quintessential comfort food, it's creamy goodness hard to resist..
Love the new autumn look Sneh, very cutesy..
Beautiful! I would love a bowl full of that pudding now.
That, I think is the most comforting dessert... and the combination sounds just too lovely.
btw.. love the new header 🙂
We've had such awful weather here in the UK, I wish I'd seen this post before the weekend as I can think of nothing more wonderful than curling up on a Sunday evening with this pudding. Gorgeous.
Oh yes I would love the molten warmth of rice pudding in my tummy. I also grew up with rice pudding and I love it
Rice pudding is the ultimate comfort food for me, I grew up eating it and it was such creamy comfort. I like your more adult version with poached plums.
What a delicious treat! I love those wine poached plums.