Danish Rice Pudding

Another fantastic Christmas recipe I inherited from Paul’s Danish family is this Rice Pudding. It’s a world away from the warm rice pudding I grew up with. This one is served cold with a beautiful cherry sauce. There is also a wonderful game component to this festive dessert. You hide a whole almond in the pudding then each diner serves up their own portion and whomever finds the almond wins a prize and bragging rights for a year. After more than a decade of eating this pudding I can’t imagine Christmas without it.

Serves 2 Adults & 2 Kids

225g short grain rice
100ml water
1 litre milk
1 tbsp white sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
500ml double cream
For the Cherry Sauce
425g tin of cherries
60ml port zest of a lemon
4 mint leaves
1 tbsp cornflour
1tbsp white sugar

  • Add the rice and water to a large saucepan and bring to the boil then add the milk and bring back to the boil, stirring regularly.
  • Once the milk is boiling add the sugar and vanilla then turn down the heat and simmer for 25-35 minutes, stirring regularly. Stirring regularly stops the milk catching on the pan.
  • Once the rice is cooked let it cool completely and stir in one or two whole almonds if you want to play hunt the almond later.
  • Once the rice is completely cooled (if it’s warm the whipped cream will melt), whip the cream to soft peaks then fold the rice into the cream a little at a time until completely combined.
  • Put the mixture into a serving bowl then transfer to the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Put the cherries into a small saucepan. Tip the cornflour into a jug then add a little pork and whisk to create a slurry.
  • Put the pan on a medium high heat then pour in the slurry and the rest of the port. Heat for 5 minutes and give the cherries a gentle press with a masher.
  • After 5 minutes turn off the heat then add the zest of one lemon and 4 chopped mint leaves. Stir everything together then allow to cool before serving alongside the rice pudding.


Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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