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Strawberry Jam Coconut Rice Pudding

April 22, 2012

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Where did you find comfort this weekend?

I found comfort in hazy, chilly mornings.  I found comfort in my  100% beat up house slippers.  There was comfort in bacon sandwiches.  I found comfort in taking things just a bit slower.

My crazy brain refuses to be slow.  It’s always thinking about cookie combinations, new podcasts, second books, and  the next the next the next.  I tried to be slower this weekend… because too much time is spent being not slow.  Can I give you some real-talk?  I think I take comfort in the fast crazy brain.  It’s hard for me to take comfort  in slow.  It makes me a little wonky bonkers.

I found a dish that fosters both comfort and reduced speeds. It’s rice pudding.  It’s totally rice pudding.

This vegan version is made with creamy coconut milk.  It’s swirled with big, chunky strawberry jam… and it’s utterly perfect.  Between the warm starch and sugars… I feel like this is super comfort, coma inducing food.

It’s Monday.  I know that this is no time to slow down and relax… but put this dish in the back on your brain.  Maybe this will be your perfect Wednesday night comfort food recipe.  And yes, rice pudding is totally dinner.

to london

I’m off to London for a few days.  I’m afraid it’s not for any book signing festivities.  I’ll be touring the city and drinking a questionable amount of gin.  I’m going to make new friends, put my eyes of some fresh sights, and I also plan on constantly wearing plaid socks. You’ll see little peaks of my journey as it unfolds… and if you really want to get all up in my business, Twitter was built for that sort of stalking.

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This is a beautifully simple place to start.  Basmati rice is simmered with orange zest and coconut milk.  Once it’s cooked to just slightly crunchy, vanilla bean seeds and ground cinnamon are added.

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We’re also going to add more coconut milk.  The additional milk is absorbed by the slightly undercooked rice, and is just made creamy lovely.

The longer the pudding sits, the more liquid it will absorb.  If you like your pudding more towards the creamy side, save some coconut milk to pour over the pudding just before you serve it.

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The rice pudding in itself is not very sweet… that’s because it’s a vehicle for beautiful jam.

I stirred two generous spoonfuls of sweet homemade strawberry jam into the warm pudding.  The jam provided just enough sweetness to beautify the entire dish.

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It’s almost strawberry season… but oooh how I savor last year’s fruit.

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 This dish is beautifully flavored with hints of orange and vanilla.  The coconut and strawberry combination sings.  It’s warm starchy comfort that can’t be rivaled.  And it’s vegan!?  Yea… that too.

Strawberry Jam Rice Pudding

makes 4 small or 2 large servings

Print this Recipe!

1 1/4 cup water

1  cup coconut milk (I used light coconut milk)

1 cup white Basmati rice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1/4 cup brown sugar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

scrapings of 1 vanilla bean (or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)

1 cup coconut milk plus more for drizzling if you’d like

1 cup good strawberry jam

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water, coconut milk, rice, orange zest, salt, and sugar.  Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat to very low, and cover.  Cook until rice has absorbed the liquid and is steaming and creamy, about 15 minutes.   Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and vanilla.  Add remaining coconut milk and stir to incorporate.  Add more coconut milk as desired.

Swirl jam in just before ready to serve.

Rice pudding can be served warm of cold.  The longer the rice pudding sits, the more liquid it will absorb.  Add more coconut milk as necessary.  

 


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  • Rice pudding is my absolute favourite comfort food. My dad always made it in the oven so there was a skin on top…it was amazing.

  • Gah I’m hungry. Now I know what I’m making for dinner and breakfast, thank you!

    Enjoy London! And if you decide to make it from London to Edinburgh, I shall happily show you round. :)

  • You should definitely have dinner at The Gate http://thegaterestaurants.com/ one night, it’s INCREDIBLE!!!!!

  • I always make rice pudding (well for the past few years) with coconut milk. It just makes it sooo much more creamy and lovely. And yes, it’s totally dinner-worthy :)

    Cute pants! And enjoy London!

  • Have a great time in London and well wishes on the jet lag sitch. I’ll be missing your lovely podcast this week (sigh). I must drown my sorrows in coconut rice pudding!

  • Love those argyle socks! Have the best time in London town. My grandmother always said that if you’re bored in London then you’re bored of life.

    I love the idea of making this rice pudding not very sweet and then swirling the jam in at the end. I tend to prefer my desserts on the just barely sweet side, but my husband loves things to be sweet sweet sweet! I like that here everyone can control the level of sweetness in their own serving. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • This looks amazing, of course… but I’m totally into those booties! where are those from? and you totally rock them with those socks!

  • London! You’ll be nearer to Italy and me so, if you want to change your plans, I’d be glad to host you ;-)
    Have a safe and amazing trip, Joy. I’ll make rice pudding for dinner, mos def ;-)

  • Rice puddings are great desserts! Love the orange zest in it. Have fun in London!

  • This looks delicious! And I’ll be glad to be in the same city as you, even without a book signing (though if you need a gin buddy…)

  • I got all excited, cause I’m totally near London, then immediately saw no book signing… Have fun though!! :)

  • This looks HEAVENLY. I’ve been using light coconut milk in everything lately, and now you’ve given yet another recipe to try. I might use the blackberries I got at the farmers market week, though strawberries sound great.

  • honestly, lady – you rock my socks! Enjoy wearing plaid and saying “darling” to everything with your pinky in the air. I’m off to do something pumpkin – as we are in Autumn here down unda!
    x

  • Have a wonderful time in London! And this rice pudding looks incredible. Will have to try it soon, especially because I just started to make my own jam!

  • I hope you have time in your crazy fast brain for Big Ben, fish & chips and Harrods! have fun!

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