Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

Dorie Greenspan Baking Chez Moi Rice Pudding with Strawberries, and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was one I haven’t been looking forward to, to tell you the truth. Rice pudding, in any iteration (even with strawberries and spiced hibiscus syrup) just doesn’t appeal. In fact, the last time I made it, it was for French Fridays with Dorie (where, with a huge ratio of caramel apples to rice, it was just palatable).

Dorie Greenspan Rice Pudding with Strawberries, and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m not sure exactly why I don’t like this but I think it’s the whole “warm milk” smell.  As a child, my sister would eat her cereal (Coco Pops) with warm milk and I still remember that smell distinctly. Not a pleasant one.  And then there’s the texture. Again, it’s something you either love or hate. I’m in the latter camp.

So the texture, combined with the warm milk smell and the 40-ish minutes of cooking time (during which the warm milk smell is hard to ignore) means this won’t be a repeat for me 🙁 To my credit, I only made 1/3 of the recipe which made 2 tiny puddings and I *did* eat one pudding because I was hungry – and because I loaded it with more strawberries than rice! The things we do for Dorie…

Dorie Greenspan Tuesdays with Dorie Rice Pudding with Strawberries, and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut can we talk about the spiced hibiscus syrup for a minute? Wow, this is quite a revelation! A basic sugar syrup with vanilla and hibiscus (flowers or tea – I used tea bags) and spiced with cardamon and pepper – this was perfect to (kind of) mask the taste of the pudding. Even more perfect in a glass of bubbly water. Or, hey, pourquoi pas – champagne?

I’ll be making the syrup again, definitely. The pudding? Only if I must…

Get the recipe for Dorie’s Rice Pudding with Strawberries, and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup on p 380 of Baking Chez Moi.

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18 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

  1. Jen Schall June 28, 2016 at 09:24 #

    Ooh, that looks lovely! I am hit or miss on rice pudding, but the syrup sounds divine. I think it would make some fine cocktails or would even be good drizzled on a pound cake!

    • Mardi Michels June 28, 2016 at 10:45 #

      Yes, I am totally tucking some of those tea bags into my luggage for quick access when I arrive in France 😉 Hurray for cocktails or pound cake drizzle!

  2. Shirley @ Flourishen Test Kitchen June 28, 2016 at 11:05 #

    I think I like this rice pudding because it does not taste like one, strangely enough. I agree the syrup is very appealing.

    • Mardi Michels June 28, 2016 at 11:15 #

      Oh really? I think on its own it totally tasted like rice pudding. Only camouflaged with berries and syrup was it ok for me!

  3. Zosia June 28, 2016 at 18:46 #

    I loved the syrup too and can think of all sorts of uses for it. I understand your aversion to the texture…the syrup and strawberries went a long way towards making this more palatable.

  4. Diane Zwang June 28, 2016 at 19:54 #

    I am not a fan of rice pudding either but my husband is. I voted for this one for him. I still need to make it but will keep in mind the strawberry to pudding ratio:)

  5. Geoff June 28, 2016 at 21:07 #

    Well, anyway, I like rice pudding.

  6. Nicole June 29, 2016 at 06:23 #

    Well I am sorry you it didn’the come through for you, but that syrup is a winner for sure. I love the idea of that in a glass of bubbly! Yum!

  7. Kim June 29, 2016 at 16:38 #

    I love your honesty and pictures!

    • Mardi Michels June 30, 2016 at 02:57 #

      I figure there’s no point pretending we love everything, right?

  8. Cakelaw June 29, 2016 at 18:15 #

    LOL – I like rice pudding so I was cool with this one. You are right about the syrup – it was a revelation.

  9. Teresa July 3, 2016 at 01:51 #

    I love rice pudding, but I agree the hibiscus syrup is the star of the show. I’ve always been a fan of hibiscus iced tisane, but the concentrated loveliness of this syrup is especially wonderful.

    • Mardi Michels July 3, 2016 at 12:22 #

      See now I don’t like it in tea but I loved the syrup!

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