February 07, 2013Valentine's Day is one week from today. There is plenty of time to plan a special meal for the one you love. My treat to my sweet this year is riso e latte (rice pudding). Made from scratch and a little labor this Valentine dessert is loaded with flavor and love.
Riso e Latte
1 cup Arborio rice
2 2/3 cups whole milk
1 fresh vanilla bean, split and seeds scrapes
Â½ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Add rice and boil for 15 minutes. Drain rice and return it to sauce pan with 2 cups of the milk, 1 cup of water, vanilla bean with seeds and salt.
Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in sugar and cook for another 10 minutes. Carefully remove vanilla bean.
Stir in remaining 2/3 cup whole milk and heavy cream. Bring mixture back to a quick simmer then remove from heat. Transfer mixture (in small batches) to a food processor and pulse 5 or 6 times.
Ladle pudding into glass containers, cover tightly and refrigerate for two hours or over night.
Sprinkle chilled rice pudding with some red colored sugar for a Valentine's presentation.
This rich and creamy pudding will capture the heart of the one(s) you love.