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Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Rice Pudding


This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was Roasted Rhubarb.

It really doesn’t get easier than this.
Chop up half a kilo of rhubarb and sprinkle half a cup of sugar and the rind of half an orange over it.
Cover with foil and bake at 200 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.
Uncover and bake for a further 5 mins until the syrup bubbles.
That’s it. Simple.
Dorie suggests trying it as soon as possible and adding honey if too sour.
I figured the sweetness of the vanilla rice pudding would work well with the sourness of the rhubarb as it was.

Vanilla Rice Pudding

1 cup Aborio Rice
1 litre milk
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 Vanilla bean, split and only use scraped out seeds

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice is tender.
The Vanilla Rice Pudding was absolutely delicious.
It went really well with the tartness of the roasted rhubarb.

Best of all, I was able to share the evening with my parents. The last time  my dad was over for dinner was September 2010. November 18th he had a stroke and a heart attack that he was not expected to survive. Over four months in hospital and lots and lots of rehab later, he is finally back home. It was great hearing his stories of how they make rice pudding in Serbia. He had fond memories of it topped with cream and meringue. Sounded great but figured it best to give it a skip unless I wanted him back in hospital with another stroke!

That’s what I love about food. It brings us together and creates happy times and great memories.

For more stories and roasted rhubarb recipes head over to French Fridays with Dorie.


16 thoughts on “Roasted Rhubarb and Vanilla Rice Pudding

  1. I think I missed out by not thinking to try this with rice pudding.
    How nice that you were able to share this with your parents! Glad you are able to share your father’s recovery.

  2. Oh, I love rice pudding! This sounds and looks delicious, and good food is definitely best shared with friends and family. Best wishes to your dad.

  3. Really nice vibrant color. How is rice pudding made in Serbia?

  4. This sounds awesome, I would use it as a vanilla ice cream topper 😛 YUM!

  5. So glad your Dad is recovering, that can be scary. It is good to be able to share
    meals with family, I love it when Tricia and her family come for dinner, or when
    we get together at her house. The rhubarb looks fantastic over the rice pudding,
    and I must try that recipe for the pudding. Thanks for posting it.

  6. Loved your rhubarb and was touched by your story about sharing with your parents. I agree totally about food bringing us together and sharing memories. Of course my memory of rhubarb currently is Nana tasting mine and telling me to throw it out. Kidding. Well, actually she did. She also then offered to make it for my whole family and the visiting teenager that I probably turned off rhubarb for life….and drove to 5 different stores today trying to find us some. Not a stalk out there. Great post ~

  7. Oh, that’s wonderful news about your Dad. So glad you got to share the time with your parents. Your rhubarb is such a vibrant color and I bet made the rice pudding super delicious!

  8. I’m glad to hear your father’s out of the hospital! Your rhubarb and pudding look amazingly delicious!

  9. Hi Sanya, I’ve missed you. Serving the rhubarb over rice pudding is brilliant!
    I loved the photo of your parents. I’m glad that your dad is doing better, and that you could share the evening with them. Parents are precious, especially once we’re grown. I’m not sure kids appreciate their parents when they are still kids.

  10. You’re so right – food brings us together in good and bad times and provides comfort. Very happy to hear that you dad is doing better. And I can’t wait to try the rhubarb with rice pudding!

  11. What beautiful, vibrant rhubarb!!! Your combination with the pudding sounds amazing. And so happy your were able to share it with your dad…

  12. What a wonderful Father’s Day celebration you must be having today. I love that you served the rhubarb over sweet rice. Rice with sugar and milk is something my dad and I used to eat together when I was growing up. Great post.

  13. Great news that your father is recovering and home, and well enough to enjoy your cooking! Your rice pudding looks delicious, so glad you shared the recipe.

  14. Rice pudding would be an excellent accompaniment for the rhubarb. Glad to hear you were able to share this with your parents and that your father is recovering well.

  15. I love the rhubarb against the fuschia background! Great photo of a great dish.

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