Icelandic rice pudding

rice pudding

Serves 6

  • 2 handfuls dried fruit, such as cranberries, sour cherries and blueberries

  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar, plus extra to taste

  • 120 g pudding rice

  • 750 ml skimmed milk

  • 250 ml single cream

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1 vanilla pod

  • crème fraîche, to serve

  • fresh redcurrants, to serve

Put the dried fruit in a stainless steel pan with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and enough water to cover. Put on the hob and heat gently for 10 minutes, then add 5 tablespoons of cold water and whiz in a blender. Push through a sieve, taste and add a little sugar if necessary. Place the rice, milk, cream, remaining sugar and cinnamon in a deep pot and heat gently. Score the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape the seeds out, adding both to the pot. Stir well and bring gently to the boil.



Simmer very gently for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every now and then until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is just cooked. Spoon the cooked rice pudding into a serving dish, swirl the fruit sauce into it and top with a dollop of crème fraîche. Scatter with fresh redcurrants before serving.

Nutritional Information

Icelandic rice pudding

With a gorgeous homemade fruity sauce

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This little twist on good-old rice pudding is creamy, sticky, fresh and fruity – delicious!
Serves 6
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Rice pudding is an old English favourite, but it's also really big in Iceland. They like to serve it with a sharp sauce made from red fruit, which cuts through the richness of the creamy sticky pudding beautifully – clever and absolutely delicious!

Put the dried fruit in a stainless steel pan with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and enough water to cover. Put on the hob and heat gently for 10 minutes, then add 5 tablespoons of cold water and whiz in a blender. Push through a sieve, taste and add a little sugar if necessary. Place the rice, milk, cream, remaining sugar and cinnamon in a deep pot and heat gently. Score the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape the seeds out, adding both to the pot. Stir well and bring gently to the boil.

Simmer very gently for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every now and then until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is just cooked. Spoon the cooked rice pudding into a serving dish, swirl the fruit sauce into it and top with a dollop of crème fraîche. Scatter with fresh redcurrants before serving.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 300
    15%
  • Carbs 28.6g
    11%
  • Sugar 17.6g 20%
  • Fat 17.6g 25%
  • Saturates 11.8g 59%
  • Protein 6.1g 14%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 handfuls dried fruit, such as cranberries, sour cherries and blueberries

  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar, plus extra to taste

  • 120 g pudding rice

  • 750 ml skimmed milk

  • 250 ml single cream

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1 vanilla pod

  • crème fraîche, to serve

  • fresh redcurrants, to serve