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Topping off special meal with rice pudding

Serve your Valentine homemade rice pudding. photo by Virginia O. McCoy.

February 07, 2013
Valentine'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

(Rice Pudding)

1 cup Arborio rice

2 2/3 cups whole milk

1 fresh vanilla bean, split and seeds scrapes

½ 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.

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