Cardamom Rice Pudding for Us Girls

May 8, 2011

Earlier this week I stumbled across a lovely recipe for Cardamom Rice Pudding by Sophie Dahl. And so yesterday morning I woke early, eager with the promise of pudding. Quite instantly fell in love with this recipe. It looked like such a sweet, pretty, girly dish. And it was…

I imagine this would be the perfect Mothers Day breakfast, served alongside a warm cup of tea with fresh flowers on the table. Sadly my mum despises rice pudding. Yes, she doesn’t just dislike it, she despises it. So I won’t even try to go there. She’s not such a breakfast girl anyway, my mum. She’d prefer vegemite or pate on ciabatta. Are we related? Actually clearly we are, we look identical – superficially, she’s really just a smaller version of me.

Back to this beautiful dish…

I am soon planning on hosting a brunch for my girlfriends. Brunch feels like the new dinner, to me. I have been saying this for a couple of months now, and, girls, I really do intend on having this brunch. Things have just been a little busy. But I truly cannot wait to have you over. I may even make this rice pudding. For my girls.

Recipe link here.

The cinnamon and cardamom provide a beautiful, deeply spiced undertone, which is lightened by the sweetness from the milk, vanilla and maple syrup. * note: I used maple syrup rather than sugar (the recipe gives you a choice), and I only used half the amount suggested as I found it would be too sweet otherwise. In addition, I served my rice pudding with some poached quinces I already had in the fridge, rather than Miss Dahl’s spiced plums. Honestly, it was all a bit too sweet. I think I would next time serve this rice pudding with fresh berries or figs, and perhaps also a dollop of unsweetend Greek yoghurt.

A fabulous feature of this recipe is that it uses a significant amount of milk, so my girls are getting a very decent serve of calcium by delighting in a pretty bowl of loveliness. This dish is sweetly nutritious, which is what a girl is often after in life…

Thank you, Miss Dahl. You’re fast becoming one of my favourite girls.

Heidi xo

P.S. Happy Mothers Day, mum. I still love you even though you despise rice pudding. You’re truly the best girl of all.

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  • msihua May 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I can't say that I'm much of a rice pudding fan either… give me bacon and eggs anytime πŸ˜›

  • Blithely Unaware May 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    That looks delicious Heidi I imagine you could adapt it and put the cardamom into porridge instead of rice pudding…. rice pudding doesn't float my boat so much.

  • Heidi May 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Msihua – mmmm sounds good!

    Blithely Unaware – absolutely, you could definitely adapt it that way – great thinking πŸ˜‰

    Heidi xo

  • Heavenly Ingredients May 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I'm still scared of quinces – must try some while they are still in season…
    love the idea of serving this for breakfast – I would be in heaven!

  • Hannah May 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you Heidi! I've been craving rice pudding lately but have been scared to try it ever since I made (and blogged) the most revolting, grey-ish, grainy, disgusting tasting peppermint rice pudding experiment. I'm going to make this soon to get myself back on the rice pudding horse πŸ™‚

  • birdie to be May 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Looks delish! Thanks for sharing. And great pics by the way!

  • Heidi May 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Laura – yes you must try cooking quinces! They're super easy to poach – I can totally understand being intimidated though.

    Hannah – yay, rice pudding horse! This is a rare occurrence for me, I've never made rice pudding before. I loved it!

    Birdie to be – thank you!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I'm not sure how I feel about rice pudding … this looks good, so perhaps I'll have to give it ago and see if I despise it or not πŸ˜› x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I still haven't delved into Miss Dahl's book but this looks just lovely! Yes Happy Mothers Day to all of those wonderful mums out there! πŸ˜€

  • Heidi May 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Michele – how interesting – many are either not fans of, or on the fence about, rice pudding. My mum is not so strange after all then hehe.

    Lorraine – I have only seen a handful of recipes online, I would love to get a copy to peruse though. Perhaps I will track one down πŸ™‚

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef May 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I have a pile of quinces in my fridge right now! They are fantastic and yours look so beautiful. I love cardamon too, I make a rice pudding with cardamon in my rice cooker but it certainly doesn't look as pretty as yours, great job!

  • wholesomecook May 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I looove rice pudding! Had some at the Qantas lounge recently – it was very nice. Topped with pineapple and cereal. I've never used cardamon though – always cinnamon.

  • Carly Findlay May 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love rice pudding and make it often. I used lime butter instead of real butter last time I made it, and it was delicious. My mum does not like rice pudding either.

  • Heidi May 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    InTolerant Chef – rice pudding in your rice cooker, great idea! I am a little afraid of our machine, I always get Ben to put our rice on – no idea why! πŸ™‚

    wholesomecook – oooh impressive, sounds delicious!

    Carly – lime butter sounds really yummy, how creative!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston May 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I love Brunch. I love Rice Pudding & I uber love quinces so I'd adore this one, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 9, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Rice pudding was one of my favorite dishes as a child – very classical with short-grain rice cooked in sweetened milk, and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. I love the addition of caradmon and spiced plums. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 9, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I have never really tried proper rice pudding!

  • Lisa May 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I agree, brunch is the new dinner. I just love the laziness of it, it feels truly, properly indulgent. We need to eat dinner but there is no "need" with bunch, it is all about want!!!

    We did do brunch for our Mum. I made a rhubarb and pear compote and served it with divine Yalla vanilla yogurt,wile my brother-in-law did the heavy lifting and poached eggs, made a bernaise sauce etc.

    It was lovely.

    But back to your pudding, I've never made rice pudding, but this might just be the inspiration I needed!

  • Heidi May 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Anna – you're welcome! I agree on all accounts πŸ™‚

    Kath – I love the sound of your childhood dish, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon – yum!!

    Lisa – you should!

    Lisa – oh so very very true, sometimes brunch is far more luxurious than dinner πŸ˜‰ Your mothers day brunch sounds delightful!

    Heidi xo

  • Laken May 11, 2011 at 2:46 am

    This sounds so good & it just so happens I've been meaning to make rice pudding lately!

  • Heidi May 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

    You should try it out, it's yummy πŸ™‚ thanks, Laken! xo

  • CC11 May 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I ADORE rice pudding but hubby hates it too πŸ™ The recipe sounds as delightful as Miss Dahl herself πŸ™‚

  • Lenna May 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Looks so nice! I havenΒ΄t eaten rice pudding in many years:)

  • Heidi May 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    CC11 – indeed πŸ™‚

    Lenna – this was my first time!

    Heidi xo

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I love cardamom and the color of the fruit is just gorgeous!

  • Heidi May 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Thank you! My mum made those quinces – she's amazing πŸ™‚ xo

  • Whispering Gums October 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Just found this. I despised rice pudding (like AA Milne’s Mary Jane) when I was growing up but I have learnt to like it now. However, if you served me rice pudding with raisins or sultanas I would gag and your table. That, I still despise and just. could. not. even. force. it. down. to. be. polite! Tell your Mum I feel her pain.

    • Heidi October 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

      hehe I will!!! x