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.
Strawberry Rice Pudding with Balsamic Syrup
- 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)
- Bring the milk, rice, sugar and vanilla extract to a boil in a sauce pan.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until the milk is mostly absorbed, about 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Simmer the balsamic vinegar and honey in a small sauce pan to reduce to a syrup.
- Mix the strawberries into the rice and drizzle the balsamic syrup on top followed by the chopped pistachios.
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As a child Mama would make rice pudding with raisins, what a unique twist to an old classic.
Susan from Food Blogga says
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 says
I love rice puddings! The addition of strawberries and balsamic syrup just makes me love it more.
Coffee & Vanilla says
Kevin I want some of this pudding now!! 🙂
I will be thinking of eat all night.. Margot
maybelles parents says
stunning picture. rice pudding is my husbands absolute favorite.
Mmm, this sounds so good! I really like the combo of strawberries and good quality balsamic.
I really like that picture today Kevin. New twist on the rice pudding with the balsamic.
That looks too pretty!
Mrs Ergül says
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!
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!
Balsamic syrup is like liquid gold, eh?
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. 🙂
Who would’ve thought the humble rice pudding could turn in to sophisticated dessert?
This is a refreshing take on a dessert that can be very boring at times. It looks fantastic.
Hey i love strawberries with balsamic so i’m sure the rice pudding adds an extra dimension of deliciousness! Nice Job.
Very classy entry. I love your fanned strawberry.
Very creative, as always. Even when I’m not hungry, I suddenly want to eat after visiting your blog.
Yum! I’ve only had rice pudding “plain”; your twist on it sounds good!
I just love rice pudding! Great combo with the strawberries and balsamic syrup!
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 🙂
This sounds very interesting. I love the serving glass. Great presentation! 🙂
Beth G. says
I love rice pudding~ this looks FABULOUS!
Mansi Desai says
that looks absolutely gorgeous Kevin!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
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!
nice combo and lovely colour!
mmm. this looks great! i have only had rice pudding with cinnamon, but this is a really great twist on that. so pretty!
wowo! Looks great.
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 😛
Clumbsy Cookie says
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!
Looks like something exotic I will find only in a posh restaurant!
Kevin that picture is fantastic! Such a yummy looking dessert.
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) says
I saw this photo on Fotogawker and it just said: “Kevin!!!!” Fantastic. I would never have added the balsamic syrup, nice touch!
Wow! Interesting combination. Rice puddings are yummy 🙂
Mmmm, strawberries with balsamic AND rice pudding, wow! Looks fantastic Kevin!
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 says
I’m certain it tasted great, but I am especially impressed with the pretty presentation!
noble pig says
I love the green pistachios on top, nice touch.
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.
Balsamic and Strawberries are all the rage these days.!
This looks amazing!
That is beautiful.
Cathy C says
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.
I am salavating, that aint my mommas rice pudding! but it looks great! I must try it
This sounds really good ~ I am going to have to try this before those strawberries are gone for the year!
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 says
So pretty! How’d you get such a perfect white background for the photo?
This looks soooo fantastic! Almost too pretty to eat!!
This is such a keeper. It combines all the right flavors.
Love the colors Kev. That’s a beautiful summer treat right there… who needs ice cream?
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.
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.
I really can’t get enough of all things balsamic, especially when paired with sweets, this looks great!
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!
Looks good!!! yum yum. I love the glass!! where did you get it?
mycookinghut: If I recall correctly, I believe that I got the glass at Pier One.
I’m not a huge fan of rice pudding, but this grown-up version tempts even me! Lovely pic too.
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.
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 says
That sounds seriously good! (and looks fab too!)
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?