A neighborly dessert : Rice pudding and apple rhubarb compote

Do you have friendly neighbors ? The proof of the pudding is in the eating… For this dessert I had to go knock on my neighbor’s door as I was one egg short. This little egg hunt turned out to be a success and so the weekend started, on a sweet note, feeling blessed to have moved in such a friendly place !

Preparation of the vanilla custard

  • 15cl milk – whole milk is richer
  • 25g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • Rhum : optional

We’re going to prepare a tiny vanilla custard which is to be mixed with the rice in the end. Pour the milk in the pan. Split the vanilla pod and scratch the beans in the milk. Add the pod as well and bring to a boil. When it starts boiling remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks with sugar until you get a smooth mixture. Gradually mix in the milk, keep mixing until well blended in. Remove the vanilla pod, put back on the stove under medium heat and keep mixing until it thickens. It should not come to a boil otherwise you’ll get lumps. Set aside to cool.

If you’re in a jolly good mood why not add a dash of rhum ? That’s a family guilty pleasure that we also like in our crepes.

Preparation of the rice

  • 125g of round rice – Arborio rice does the trick
  • 50cl milk – whole milk is richer
  • 75g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50g whipping cream

Warm the milk together with 25g sugar and the pinch of salt. Once boiling, pour the rice in and add another 25g of sugar. Let it cook for about 20 minutes. You want to get a soft rice. Be careful that it does not stick to the pan.

Preparation of the apple rhubarb compote

  • 5 apples
  • 2 rhubarb stems

Simply peel the fruits and dice them. Cook in a pan with a bit of water until tender. Do not add sugar as the rice pudding is already sweeeeet. This very simple compote will balance it out pleasantly.