Summery Rice Pudding with Berries
For me, rice pudding says “summer.” There’s a reason for this. Every year since I was a very small child, I attended the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival, which started in Fargo, ND and then later moved across the river to Moorhead, MN. My family is a member of the Sons of Norway, but we have been members of the Swedish Society (really the Swedish Cultural Heritage Society of the Red River Valley) forever, thanks to my grandparents. Each year for the festival the Swedish Society makes the most creamy, dreamy, cold rice pudding and serves it with sweetened raspberries.
Apparently that rice pudding recipe (which I NEED to have, but do not) involves huge pots of regular white rice and lots and lots of stirring. This recipe is far easier.
If you can pick blackcaps and raspberries wild from your back yard (or blueberries!) please do. Otherwise, feel free to substitute any other kind of summer berry. But not those big, watery, commercial strawberries (though the teeny alpine ones would be perfect).
Classic Rice Pudding
1 cup risotto rice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup moist raisins (optional)
small cinnamon stick (optional)
5-6 cups milk (I use 2%)
In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add all ingredients, stir, and turn heat on medium-low. When milk begins to bubble/foam gently, turn heat to LOW and let cook, stirring occasionally, until milk coats spoon, but is still slightly soupy. Turn off heat and let rice continue to absorb liquid. Refrigerate before serving.
Summer Berry Sauce
1/2 cup blackcaps
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
Add all ingredients to a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Stir thoroughly and let sit to bring out juices. Mash berries slightly with a fork if desired. Spoon a few spoonfuls of berries and juice onto chilled rice pudding and serve.
You could theoretically cook the berries, but why would you? Also – don’t be afraid of that rice pudding on hot days – it does not make much steam at all since you are cooking it at such a low heat.
This kind of rice pudding will always remind me of Sweden and home. Readers: do you have any favorite summer recipes that remind you of home?