Rice pudding with dried cherries

Rice pudding with dried cherries

Nigel Slater’s stovetop rice pudding has long been a favourite, my go-to recipe when I want rice pudding. In recent years I’ve added any rice pudding made by Dave at Ottawa’s Piggy Market to the list; Dave’s rice puddings are divine.

Tonight, feeling suddenly cold-y and tired, and with a lot of plain leftover basmati rice on hand from a dish I made on the weekend, I simply made a quick stovetop rice pudding. And added dried cherries, a touch I’d never have considered until I tried those Piggy Market puddings. Yum.

Quick stovetop rice pudding with dried cherries

2 cups leftover rice (I used Basmati this time)
1.5 cups milk
1 cup cream
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar (depending on your sweet-tooth levels)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup dried cherries

Bring first four ingredients to a gentle boil on the stovetop, stirring frequently. Lower heat and cook, while stirring regularly, for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed but pudding is very creamy. Remove from the heat, add vanilla and butter. Sprinkle in cherries (or other dried fruit). It’s just as good without the fruit too.

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