Strawberry Rice Pudding with Balsamic Syrup

Strawberry Rice Pudding with Balsamic Syrup

I have been enjoying making rice pudding ever since I discovered it not too long ago. While the local strawberries were in season I knew that I would have to try a strawberry rice pudding. I was thinking about several different ways of making a strawberry rice pudding and decided to go with a simple plain white rice pudding with large pieces of fresh strawberries. Balsamic vinegar goes really well with strawberries and I thought that serving the strawberry rice pudding with a balsamic syrup on top would be nice. I also sprinkled some chopped pistachios on top to add some colour and a contrasting texture. Rice pudding is pretty easy to make and if your rice maker has a porridge setting it is even easier. The strawberry rice pudding with balsamic syrup was really good. The slightly tart balsamic syrup was a perfect compliment to the sweet strawberry pudding. I prefer to chill rice pudding in the fridge before eating it but sometimes I just can't wait; luckily it is good warm.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup rice (medium or short grained such as arborio)
2 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 handful strawberries (sliced)
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon pistachios (chopped)

Directions:
1. Bring the milk, rice, sugar and vanilla extract to a boil in a sauce pan.
2. Reduce the heat and simmer until the milk is mostly absorbed, about 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Simmer the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small sauce pan to reduce to a syrup.
4. Mix the strawberries into the rice and drizzle the balsamic syrup on top followed by the chopped pistachios.

Similar Recipes:
Mango Coconut Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding with Cranberries and Pistachios
Mango Shrikhand
Strawberry Balsamic Jam

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61 comments:

OhioMom said...

As a child Mama would make rice pudding with raisins, what a unique twist to an old classic.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hey Kevin!

I love the combination of classic comfort food (rice pudding) with something more modern (balsamic sauce). This will be a lovely addition to SHF. Thanks!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I love rice puddings! The addition of strawberries and balsamic syrup just makes me love it more.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Kevin I want some of this pudding now!! :)

I will be thinking of eat all night.. Margot

maybelles parents said...

stunning picture. rice pudding is my husbands absolute favorite.

Lori said...

Mmm, this sounds so good! I really like the combo of strawberries and good quality balsamic.

Helene said...

I really like that picture today Kevin. New twist on the rice pudding with the balsamic.

Steph said...

That looks too pretty!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I've been seeing rice pudding recipes for a while now but I've never gotten round to it! I guess I will have to give it a try sometime soon!

Btw, I love this photo. It's so clean, so simple but so stunning!

Marjie said...

I love rice pudding! I can't wait for fall, when I love it warm with plenty of cinnamon....but I'm going to try it with some of the 20 quarts of strawberries I froze, too!

Dragon said...

Balsamic syrup is like liquid gold, eh?

Jeanine said...

Oh, I just might have to give this a try! I just picked another pail of fresh berries at our local U-Pick this morning. :)

Elra said...

Superb!
Who would've thought the humble rice pudding could turn in to sophisticated dessert?

Bridgett said...

This is a refreshing take on a dessert that can be very boring at times. It looks fantastic.

Zen Chef said...

Hey i love strawberries with balsamic so i'm sure the rice pudding adds an extra dimension of deliciousness! Nice Job.

Prudy said...

Very classy entry. I love your fanned strawberry.

Lisa said...

Very creative, as always. Even when I'm not hungry, I suddenly want to eat after visiting your blog.

Paula said...

Yum! I've only had rice pudding "plain"; your twist on it sounds good!

cakebrain said...

I just love rice pudding! Great combo with the strawberries and balsamic syrup!

Bobby said...

Not only does this sound great but amazing photo as well. I wish I had all the stuff on hand to make this because I want one right now :)

kamailesfood said...

This sounds very interesting. I love the serving glass. Great presentation! :)

Beth G. said...

I love rice pudding~ this looks FABULOUS!

Mansi Desai said...

that looks absolutely gorgeous Kevin!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That sounds interesting! I bet this combination of ingredients tastes also great!

I love balsamic vinegar in desserts. Not long ago, I made a chocolate sauce with this vinegar... Heavenly!

Cheers,

Rosa

Shreya said...

nice combo and lovely colour!

cindy* said...

mmm. this looks great! i have only had rice pudding with cinnamon, but this is a really great twist on that. so pretty!

amandalouden said...

wowo! Looks great.

Abeer said...

I know that guys can cook (emeril lagaasse, jamie oliver..) but whenever i look at your blog i cant help being amazed at not only the wonderful pictures but all the fancy stuff you make! All my brother does is make instant noodles and eats it with bread when he gets hungry at university! lol :P

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I adore rice pudding, but never had it strawberry kind. The strawberries are finishing here allready, that's sad. I can just imagine it tasting really good, specially with that syrup!

HoneyB said...

YUM!

tigerfish said...

Looks like something exotic I will find only in a posh restaurant!

Jan said...

Kevin that picture is fantastic! Such a yummy looking dessert.

Natasha said...

I love rice pudding, but I've never tried balsamic syrup. I do have a bottle of balsamic vinegar sitting in my cupboard though... Could put it to good use...

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I saw this photo on Fotogawker and it just said: "Kevin!!!!" Fantastic. I would never have added the balsamic syrup, nice touch!

Anthony said...

Wow! Interesting combination. Rice puddings are yummy :-)

LyB said...

Mmmm, strawberries with balsamic AND rice pudding, wow! Looks fantastic Kevin!

Sharon said...

Sounds simple & looks so delicious. I had rice pudding for the first time not too long ago and was surprised at how much I liked it. I'm eager to try this recipe as I have some strawberries nearing their end of life!

Lori Lynn said...

I'm certain it tasted great, but I am especially impressed with the pretty presentation!

noble pig said...

I love the green pistachios on top, nice touch.

Grace said...

i still haven't tried the strawberry-balsamic combination, but apparently it's the go-to pairing these days. this looks lovely, and i think the pistachios are a terrific touch.

Ivy said...

Balsamic and Strawberries are all the rage these days.!
This looks amazing!

Katie said...

That is beautiful.

Cathy C said...

Never made rice pudding before as I think it looked to bland for me - that is until now. This loolk amazing and I will have to step up and give it a try.

Cheers
Cathy
www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

Cheryl said...

I am salavating, that aint my mommas rice pudding! but it looks great! I must try it

nancysrecipes said...

This sounds really good ~ I am going to have to try this before those strawberries are gone for the year!

Jan said...

I love rice pudding! When I was a kid, whenever they served rice pudding at school for dessert, they always put in a dollop of strawberry jam, and I would stir it in until the rice turned pink.

The balsamic syrup is an interesting addition, sounds like a good combo.

Vicarious Foodie said...

So pretty! How'd you get such a perfect white background for the photo?

noobcook said...

This looks soooo fantastic! Almost too pretty to eat!!

cookinpanda said...

This is such a keeper. It combines all the right flavors.

Adam said...

Love the colors Kev. That's a beautiful summer treat right there... who needs ice cream?

Kevin said...

Vicarious Foodie: I used a large sheet of white construction paper suspended above and dropped down and under the bowl to get the white background.

Peabody said...

You know I have yet to ever have rice pudding. But I think if I do this will be the first kind I try. Yum.

Brilynn said...

I really can't get enough of all things balsamic, especially when paired with sweets, this looks great!

Holler said...

Lovely rice pudding Kevin. I will have to try it!

We have a rice pudding debate in our house. I like my rice pudding hot and Graham likes his cold. I fear we will never agree!

mycookinghut said...

Looks good!!! yum yum. I love the glass!! where did you get it?

Kevin said...

mycookinghut: If I recall correctly, I believe that I got the glass at Pier One.

Jeanne said...

I'm not a huge fan of rice pudding, but this grown-up version tempts even me! Lovely pic too.

Alexa said...

This looks amazing. What a great entry for SHF! I bet the creaminess of the rice is so lovely with stronger taste of the balsamic syrup.

didally said...

I haven't taste any rice pudding before. But your version of strawberries with balsamic vinegar sounds exotic. I never heard of this combo in Asia. I might just try this out.

Linda F said...

That sounds seriously good! (and looks fab too!)

Lida said...

this sounds great, for exactly the reason you said: i love rice pudding, but it tends to be cloyingly sweet, and since balsamic and strawberries are both a bit sour, how can you go wrong?

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