Coconut Rice Pudding with Rum Pineapple (aka Pina Colada Rice Pudding)

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It took 32 and a half years for me to try my first Pina Colada. The combination of coconut and pineapple just didn’t work in my head, all I could think of was Malibu with pineapple juice and it just sounded terrible. But then last year I went to a late summer BBQ, tried my first Pina Colada and it blew my mind!

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I’ve barely been able to get it out of my mind ever since, which led to day dreams of creamy coconut rice pudding with sweet, sticky, rum-flavoured pineapple and a hint of lime. This dish lived up to my expectations and what’s more, it’s even better cold for brekkie the next day (although perhaps without the boozy pineapple!)

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The rice pudding is super straight forward to make and it’s vegan too! The pineapple is sticky, sweet and fragrant with a mega kick of rum (which of course you can skip if you’re that way inclined) The combination is epic! (continue reading…)

Cardamom Rice Pudding with Spiced Plums

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The time has most definitely come for comfort food. Large bowls of fabulous, spicy concoctions, to be enjoyed as the rain pours down the windows and the evenings roll in. Ideally there should be a log fire involved, although if I started one in my flat I fear that my service charge would increase exponentially.

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Rice pudding has always had a place in my heart, but I’ve never made it, having assumed that it would take hours to cook and being, essentially, lazy. But recently, Joy the Baker and Tracy Shutterbean have shown me that it’s possible to make a completely amazing rice pudding in only half an hour! This was a total revelation to me and this weekend I finally got round to testing out the recipe. Let me tell you, I’m glad I did!

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The key is to replace the usual pudding rice with risotto rice, which cooks much faster but still has the requisite starchiness to make the pudding beautifully creamy. Cooking the rice for half an hour retains some of the bite, resulting in texture perfection. (continue reading…)