This is gorgeous. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is.
Do you like rice pudding? Do you like those nursery-food desserts? Like bread pudding? Or stewed apple and custard? I love them at this time of year. They’re just lovely, warm, sweet bowls of sleep-inducing comfort. Love them.
Because I now have a couple of vegan dinner recipes I thought why not get some really satisfying vegan dessert recipes. Not healthy stuff. Good winter-warmer stuff.
Which quickly brings me to a point; I don’t know if this is a “healthy” dessert or not. Online articles on coconut oil seem to keep changing their minds about whether it’s a heart-healthy fat or not. And if they don’t know I’m not going to pretend to.
You only add about a dessertspoon of sugar to the this. But you serve it with a small spoon of jam… It’s made with unsweetened coconut milk. So it could be low(ish) in sugar and chock-full of healthy fat. Sweet goodness.
Or it could be perfectly sweet and full of indulgent creamy tasting fat. That sounds like a diet-be-damned recipe. It tastes like one. But it may be quite healthy.
So that’s why this is tagged with both “diet-be-damned” and “sweet goodness“.
Where did I get the recipe?
I searched for “baked rice pudding” and this was the top result. I cut the ingredients in half. Subtituted a mix of full-fat coconut milk and water for the dairy milk. Added in a little mix of caradamom, ginger and cinnamon – just a pinch of each. I definitely kept the nutmeg – because I love nutmeg. And I used coconut oil rather than butter and added a little salt.
I added a small dollop of blackcurrant jam into each serving. But any good red berry jam would be lovely with this. I do think blackcurrants are wonderful – but really I’m thinking about fresh ones when I say that. But this jam is lovely with this.
Oh about the rice…
I use Arborio rice here. That’s the one for risotto’s. It might even say that on the pack. I think pudding rice is the same but for some reason it’s cheaper. I find them pretty much interchangeable. But I do find the risotto rice is often of better quality. Or do I just think that because I’ve paid more? Maybe.
Anyway pudding or risotto rice is the thing for this recipe. And I’m going to list pudding rice in the ingredients list below.