This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi is one I wasn’t super keen on making (not a rice pudding fan) but hey, since I haven’t missed a post about the book since we started (nearly 5 years ago!), it’s not like I was going to skip it just because I don’t like it, just not my style. And I mean, I’ve already made Rice Pudding and Caramel Apples from Dorie’s Around my French Table. And then Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup from Baking Chez Moi. When it’s recipes like this (rare for baking), I just make them smaller (my famous “minifying”) so there’s no – or less – food waste but at least I get to try the recipe.
So yeah, another (the last one?) rice pudding recipe. Only this time it’s a rice pudding baked into a cake but with a caramel base that flips over to the top, kind of like a crème caramel. Hmmm. Warm milk. Sweet rice. It’s just not my thing. I made a very small amount of the recipe which made ONE tiny cake (since it’s also not Neil’s favourite thing either, though he will generally eat things when I tell him he has to taste them!) which was more than enough for us to taste.
Dorie warns in the headnote about all the things that can go wrong here. And, for me, they totally did! Milk boiling over? CHECK. Rice burning on the bottom of the pan? CHECK. I was literally standing guard over the stove while this was cooking on the stovetop and I still managed to mess things up. Thankfully not enough to have to start over but still. Rookie mistakes!
And actually, though I knew this wasn’t my thing, I was intrigued to try this technique (baking the pudding into a cake) as I am interested to see if this might translate into a savoury version (like an arancini cake?). Still not sure how that might work but the texture of this one would translate nicely to savoury, I think.
Onwards and upwards to the next recipe….
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Caramel-Topped Rice Pudding Cake on page 46 of Baking Chez Moi.
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