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Arborio Rice pudding with a Blackberry Compote

Posted on June 17, 2009 by in desserts

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Rice Pudding must be one of the most comforting desserts around!! It is velvety, smooth and creamy and not at all difficult to make!! We grew up with rice pudding, but in those days things like vanilla pods and Arborio rice were unfamiliar to my mom and gran, yet we were often treated to this delicious dessert on cold winter nights.
I think they just used regular rice and most probably vanilla essence, but because it was made with so much love the “inferior” ingredients did not make a big difference to us as children.

It is no wonder then that I am craving this dessert when days are cold and rainy. Nothing can be more comforting than a bowl of rice pudding with hints of cinnamon and vanilla!

Arborio Rice pudding with Blackberry Compote


1/2 cup Arborio Rice- uncooked
2 cups water
2 cups full cream milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 vanilla bean – split and inside scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp butter
small pinch of salt
125 ml cream


Bring water to the boil. Add salt and rice and vanilla pod and seeds. Cook on low temperature until most of the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and the sugar, mix well and let it cook for about 10 minutes until the mixture is creamy and the rice is soft. Whisk the egg yolk and slowly add to the rice mixture. add the cream and simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and add the butter. Serve immediately with the following berry compote.

Blackberry compote


500gr blackberries
1 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups water


Place blackberries, sugar, lime juice, cinnamon stick and water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes, or until reduced by half. Let cool.
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33 Responses to “Arborio Rice pudding with a Blackberry Compote”

  1. Pam 17 June 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh Nina – you never fail to make me drool. I always leave your site hungry. I am LOVING this recipe…can't wait to try it.

  2. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 17 June 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    WAH! I wish I could see the photo – but I almost don't NEED to as it sounds just fabulous! What a surprise..;)

  3. Helene 17 June 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    I can't see the picture. Sounds so yummy.

  4. Nina Timm 17 June 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Sorry ladies, the photos are hopefully visible again!!! Thx for your patience!!!

  5. lisaiscooking 18 June 2009 at 1:36 am #

    I'm realizing that I need to try making rice pudding. It seems to be coming up everywhere lately, and I've never made it. Yours looks delicious!

  6. emiglia 18 June 2009 at 8:46 am #

    I love rice pudding, and I really love the idea of doing it with blackberry compote. Makes it seem more summery somehow…

  7. Lori Lynn 18 June 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Sounds delicious!
    Love the verrines.

  8. Elra 18 June 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Rice pudding and blackberry compote sounds so good right now!

  9. Snooky doodle 18 June 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    interesting recipe! looks so nice and delicious. You re right when it s made with love it taste different

  10. That Girl 18 June 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    Given the ingredients I have no doubt these taste fantastic, but I am amazed by the sheer beauty of them too.

  11. Helene 19 June 2009 at 6:34 am #

    Really nice picture, I like the layout of your dessert.

  12. Abigail (aka Mamatouille) 19 June 2009 at 11:59 am #

    How beautiful and alluring! I make a cold rice pudding with cranberries in the summer – I think I'll go make some now as I was trying to think of a dessert to take to a friend's home tomorrow! I'd love to try this version in winter sometime.

  13. elly 19 June 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    SO delicious, Nina! I love rice pudding. I was at a Greek market the other day and had to buy some they make fresh…I couldn't even wait the time it would take me to walk home and make it. With the blackberry compote it looks especially delicious!

  14. Karine 19 June 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    Wow!!! That looks so tasty!

  15. megan (brooklyn farmhouse) 19 June 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    Oh, I love the sound of this! Blackberries + Rice Pudding=divine! Definitely going to try. Will have to eat it all myself b/c my husband doesn't like rice pudding (weirdo).

  16. Cynthia 19 June 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    You know how much I love rice pudding! Wish I could reach out and take out of those glasses.

  17. Sophie 20 June 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Excellent dessert for this time of year,…MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…what a beautiful presentation too, Nina!

  18. Junglefrog 20 June 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    What a great recipe and nina…. can I just say WOW to that photo!! Love it!!

  19. figtreeapps 20 June 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    Does it get any better than this? You can never go wrong with rice pudding, you take it to a whole new level!!!Figtreeapps

  20. Juno 21 June 2009 at 10:30 am #

    This looks like such a dreamy dessert Nina – and a stunning pic too.

  21. My Carolina Kitchen 21 June 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I've never made rice pudding but I've got to try this. It looks fabulous as everything you do always does.

  22. Candy 21 June 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    Wow..I think your photos are great already! And I like how you put the different fonts over the photos, it looks like a magazine.
    Beautiful site! 🙂

  23. Kevin 21 June 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Rice pudding certainly is comfort food. It looks great with the blackberry compote!

  24. Bellini Valli 21 June 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    Comfort food all the way Nina. Blackberries should start showing up in the market soon:D

  25. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 22 June 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    That picture was certainly worth the wait!

  26. Peter M 24 June 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Nina, this is a wonderful dessert for the cooler temps you've been having now. Rice pudding is big in Greek cooking and I'm big on your take on this dessert.

  27. katiez 27 June 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Makes my sorry I mowed down the brambles – this looks wonderful!

  28. glamah16 1 July 2009 at 3:50 am #

    Simply gorgeous!

  29. Jeanne 4 August 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    For me, the jury's still out on rice pudding – but yours does look beautiful! And the blackberries are perfectly ripe here now…

  30. fightingwithflour 7 September 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi there this looks absolutely delicious may I know how much this recipe yields?

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