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A sweet and creamy rice pudding is served with fresh raspberries and an easy homemade salted caramel sauce for an impressive yet easy dessert.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberries and Salted Caramel on Taste and Tell



After a full week of sweets last week, I thought I had Valentine’s Day out of my system.

Well, I was wrong.

I was flipping through one of my cookbooks the other day, and came across a recipe for rice pudding. My husband loves rice pudding, and well – being the amazing wife that I am, I realized I have never once made it for him.

(Hangs head in shame…)

So, since it’s the holiday of love and all, I figured I might as well make a dessert that I know my husband will love.

And as luck would have it, this is actually a pretty perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. If you are like me, you would rather spend the night in and avoid the crowds and the increased prices. Make a nice meal at home, put the kids down for bed early, and enjoy a fancy looking dessert that is actually pretty easy.

And the beauty of this is that the components can be made a couple days ahead of time, and even assembled a few hours ahead of time. No stress = a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

And did I mention that this is pretty much amazing? I’m not even usually a huge rice pudding fan, but I was definitely a fan of this!!

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberries and Salted Caramel


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Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberries and Salted Caramel

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 2 Valentine\'s Day servings, or 4 smaller servings to share

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberries and Salted Caramel

A sweet and creamy rice pudding is served with fresh raspberries and an easy homemade salted caramel sauce for an impressive yet easy dessert.

Ingredients

    Rice Pudding
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Salted Caramel
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • For serving
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries

Instructions

    To make the rice pudding:
  1. Place the rice in a strainer and run it under cold water for a minute to remove some of the starch.
  2. Combine the rice, 2 cups of milk and vanilla bean in a large saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook until the rice is very tender, adding more milk if needed, 25-30 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the vanilla bean. Stir in the sugar. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
  3. To make the caramel:
  4. Place the sugar in a large saucepan. Over medium-high heat, cook the sugar without stirring until it melts and becomes an amber color. You can pick up the pot and swirl it as needed to evenly melt the sugar.
  5. Add the butter and salt and whisk until the butter is melted and combined. (It will bubble up.) Once the butter is melted, stir in the cream until the sauce is smooth. (It will bubble up again, continue to stir until is it smooth and together.) Let the caramel cool slightly before transferring to a heatproof container. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.
  6. To assemble:
  7. In the bottom of your serving cups or glasses, put a layer of the caramel sauce. Top with some of the rice pudding, then a layer of fresh raspberries. Top with more rice pudding, then another layer of caramel sauce. Garnish with a few more berries.

Notes

*You may have more caramel than needed for serving, but it goes great on ice cream!

*Make sure you use a large saucepan (about 2 quarts) to make the caramel, as it will bubble up as ingredients are added.

*You can make the rice pudding up to 3 days in advance and the caramel up to 1 week in advance.

*Rice pudding recipe adapted from Chocolate and Vanilla

http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/vanilla-bean-rice-pudding-with-raspberries-and-salted-caramel/

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15 Responses to Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberries and Salted Caramel

  1. What a beautiful dessert! And it sounds sooooo delicious!

  2. Loving the caramel and raspberry combo here. The fresh tart of raspberries with the malted goodness of rice pudding must make this a dessert of comforting dreams.

  3. these are so so pretty!! can’t wait to try!

  4. This is such a fun rice pudding! I love it!

  5. Cheryl Illinois says:

    i LOVE,LOVE rice pudding but have never made it as Hubby doesn’t like it so I just order it for dessert when we go out. This sounds amazing! I actually am going to try making this because I know I can eat it all. Yummy!

  6. I’ve actually never tried rice pudding, but this looks delicious – love the raspberry and salted caramel topping!

  7. Chels R. says:

    Oh heaven, does this look good! I’ve never had rice pudding, but the caramel and raspberries…WOW! I’ll bet your hubby loved it!

  8. This is the loveliest rice pudding I ever did see… and one of the loveliest desserts in general I ever did see! Raspberries and caramel, yesssss please.

  9. Joanne says:

    Well I AM obsessed with rice pudding and the.boy hates it! I would commission him to make it for me as my V-Day gift…but to be honest, I should just probably make it myself if I want it! So good.

  10. Ambar says:

    I cant even deal with all of these vday deserts! Cant wait to try simple yet delicious looking recipe!

  11. This looks DECADENT and amazing!

  12. Total comfort dessert! This looks incredible, Deborah. The raspberries and salted caramel together? I die.

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh man, my mouth is watering just looking at this gorgeous dessert :) I need this asap!

  14. dina says:

    i love rice pudding. looks wonderful!

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