Strawberry and Coconut Rice Pudding

July 19, 2016
Strawberry and coconut rice pudding
Rice pudding is a dessert that has been around though out history.The history of rice pudding can be traced back to the grain pottages made by many middle eastern cooks. The Romans used rice pudding as a medicine to settle upset stomachs. Different countries have their own variants on the recipe and the preparation is done in different ways. Some add herbs and spices and some add fruit. All the recipes are variants of rice cooked in milk until it becomes creamy.
Rice Pudding is a delicious dessert when cooked correctly. The rice absorbs the milk and doubles in size taking on a creamy consistency which melts on the tongue. It is a versatile dessert that is perfect served hot or cold. Rice pudding is the  ideal comfort food served warm from the oven on a cold day. If the day is warm serve it cold straight from the fridge.  Strawberry and coconut rice pudding is rice pudding served with the addition of coconut and strawberry jam for a tropical and summer flavour.
Strawberry and coconut rice pudding
Strawberry and Coconut rice pudding was the result of a challenge I was set by Naughty But Rice. Naughty But Rice small pots of rice pudding desserts found in the chiller isle. Each pot contains rice pudding with decadent flavours to make them more of a treat. The 140g pots are available in three flavours, Coconut & Raspberry, Chocolate Orange and Salted Caramel. Naughty but Rice can be served hot or cold. To warm them up just pop them in the microwave. We tried the chocolate orange pots and they were delicious, creamy and full of chocolate taste with a hint of orange. You can buy Naughty But Rice in Sainsburys, Ocacdo, Booths, Spar and Iceland RRP £1 per pot.
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Strawberry and coconut rice pudding

The best rice for a rice pudding is one that will give a soft and creamy result. In England we can buy pudding rice, which is a short grained white rice used for making rice pudding. Risottoe or arboiro rice works just as well if you are not able to source pudding rice. Rice pudding can be made in two ways. There is the oven baking method where butter, rice, sugar and milk are placed in a dish in the oven. The dish is left to cook slowly for a couple of hours until creamy rice pudding is formed. I prefer the stove top method where the milk, sugar and rice are cooked slowly on top of the stove. The pudding requires attention, it needs to be stirred constantly and watched in case it boils over. The result is a rice pudding that is delicious and creamy.

Strawberry and coconut rice pudding

Making rice pudding on the hob can seem tedious. The constant stirring seems to go on forever and the pan needs to be lifted on and off the heat as the milk threatens to boil over. There comes a point where you start to think that the rice pudding will never thicken. Suddenly it will all come together, thicken up and start to bubble like a lava flow. At this point it should be removed from the heat and left to cool.

Now is the time to add some flavouring. To add the coconut flavour I stirred in some dessicated coconut. You can use anything you fancy. How about chocolate and chili, maple syrup or honey. To complete the cooled puddings I sprinkled over some dessicated coconut and added some strawberry jam. The resulting strawberry and coconut rice pudding was gorgeous. The strawberry and coconut were the perfect complement to the creamy pudding.

Strawberry and coconut rice pudding recipe

Strawberry and coconut rice pudding

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 100g pudding rice
  • 1200 ml goats’ milk
  • 60g sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and rice together in a pan, bring to a simmer, stirring all the time.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring from time to time until the rice becomes a thick creamy mixture. This can take about forty minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, coconut and vanilla essence.
  4. Leave to cool and serve in dishes topped with dessicated coconut and 1 tsp strawberry jam

Do you like rice pudding? Which method do you use to make it and which flavourings do you add? Let me know below.

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I was sent the ingredients to take part in the Naughty But Rice rice pudding challenge and make my own flavour of rice pudding. My opinions are my own.

8 responses to “Strawberry and Coconut Rice Pudding”

  1. Ooh yum! I love homemade rice pudding Alison and I can imagine the goats’ milk you used made it even more delicously creamy! Mum regularly made rice pudding (& other milk puddings) when we were young – it was a great way of her getting me to eat milk because I wouldn’t normally touch milk. She always made her milk puddings in the oven, which is the way I prefer them too.
    Angela x

  2. I found a bag of pudding rice in the back of the cupboard on my latest clearout so I definitely need to make rice pudding soon !

  3. I love rice pudding! English desserts are very good and this is one of my favourites, easy to prepare and healthy too. I love your addition of strawberries and coconut.

  4. Galina V says:

    What a delightful rice pudding. Coconut and raspberry would make it even more lush.

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