Vanilla Raspberry Rice Pudding

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeSometimes, you want a fancy dessert. Sometimes, you want something comforting and homey. This rice pudding recipe is both things rolled into one. A comforting and homey rice pudding, fancied up with a lemon-vanilla caramel sauce. The dessert looks very complicated, but it was really easy to make and the rice pudding and caramel can both be made a few days before you are going to serve it. This dessert would be perfect for a shower or after a brunch. Even though it seems like it would be rich and heavy, the raspberries and the lemon in the caramel make it very light tasting and fresh.

I usually make a baked version of rice pudding, but this stovetop version is just so creamy. It uses Arborio rice, which is the rice that you use for risotto, it becomes creamy without using actual cream. If you do not have raspberries in season or for whatever reason, blueberries would be a perfect substitute. Lemon and blueberries are made for each other. Another thought would to substitute the lemon juice in the caramel for fresh orange juice. I bet that would be amazing also.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipefor the rice pudding:

1/2 cup Arborio rice
2 cups milk
1/2 vanilla bean
6 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 pint raspberries

For the caramel:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 vanilla bean
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeI make the caramel first. Put the sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla bean (scrape it before you put it in the pan) in a heavy saucepan.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeBring the mixture to a boil, and cook until it becomes a golden, amber color.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeCarefully, stir the lemon juice in with a wooden spoon. Put the caramel in a container and let cool.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeCombine the rice with the milk and vanilla bean.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeBring the rice to a simmer and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeTurn off the heat and stir in the sugar.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeLayer the pudding into a glass and top with raspberries. Spoon the caramel over top. These can be made up to 8 hours before you are going to serve them.

vanilla raspberry rice pudding recipeThis recipe comes from Gale Gand’s book Chocolate and Vanilla.

Yield: makes 4

Vanilla and Raspberry Rice Pudding Parfaits

Vanilla and Raspberry Rice Pudding Parfaits
Vanilla and Raspberry Rice Pudding Parfaits - a simple rice pudding with a light caramel sauce and fresh raspberries.

Ingredients

for the rice pudding:

  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 pint raspberries

For the caramel:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. I make the caramel first. Put the sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla bean (scrape it before you put it in the pan) in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook until it becomes a golden, amber color.
  3. Carefully, stir the lemon juice in with a wooden spoon. Put the caramel in a container and let cool.
  4. Combine the rice with the milk and vanilla bean.
  5. Bring the rice to a simmer and cook until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar.
  7. Layer the pudding into a glass and top with raspberries. Spoon the caramel over top. These can be made up to 8 hours before you are going to serve them.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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32 Comments

  • Rice pudding is definitely one of my comfort foods. I love it on it’s own, but it sounds even more tempting with raspberries and the lemon vanilla caramel sauce!

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  • this looks awesome! I have been eating rice pudding ever since I was really little because my mom-mom makes the best rice pudding i ever had. she makes hers with raisins and i can’t have it any other way! It is interesting that you made yours with arborio rice….I really like that idea. I bet it makes it even more creamy. My Mom-Mom sticks to long-grain Carolina rice. You would think that you could just use any long-grain white rice, but for some reason the others don’t seem to breakdown and get as creamy as Carolina.

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    • It is very creamy. I love a southern rice pudding, but I don’t like raisins. Not even after they have been soaked in rum.

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  • Anything creamy and raspberry, I’m there! Looks delicious, Bree! Now, where to find vanilla bean in Amsterdam… oh, how I miss American SUPERmarkets.

    xo
    Jeanelle

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    • Thank you Glocal Girl! I order all of mine from Amazon these days. The quality is great and the price is right.

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  • This sounds so great! Do you one could make the rice pudding with rice milk and have the same creamy results? My daughter is allergic to dairy, and I’ve never tried rice pudding with a dairy alternative. What are your thoughts?

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    • The rice lends itself to creaminess, so I think that it would be rich and creamy. Using an almond milk would be delicious. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

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  • This looks delicious, now I know what the mangos on my counter are going to do. I love raspberries but Thailand doesn’t really have them, well not affordable ones, and now its mango season! I wonder if I can get this rice though. How thick does it get with out a thickening agent? Usually I use cornstarch or reduce by 50%.

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    • The rice is a short grain rice, and that is what makes it thick. I gets really thick without a thickening agent. Especially after it sets up. Mangos would be delicious here.

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  • My mom used to make “creamed rice” which we would eat hot with our dinner. I only found out many, many years later it’s called rice pudding. My sister in law is an excellent cook but this is the one dish my brother insists that my mom still makes best. I could hardly believe that she only used rice, milk, sugar and a lot of stirring to make it taste so good.

    I loved your version on the dish and it brought back such great memories.

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    • There are just some things that moms do make better than anyone else. I am glad that it brought back memories for you.

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  • My husband loves rice pudding and I’ve been searching every where for a good recipe. One question, I’m not sure that I will be able to find vanilla bean, is there something else I could use in it’s place?

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  • This is such a coincidence for me finding this recipe today. I am preparing to make Rice Pudding today and an thrilled to find a way to make it a bit more special I found that way with your Vanilla Raspberry Rice Pudding Recipe! Thanks much!

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