Kitchen Therapy

Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup



I love rice pudding.
It’s one of those dishes that takes me back to my childhood both in Yugoslavia and then later here in Australia.
My mum would sprinkle chocolate on top and it was real comfort food to me.

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe sees classic rice pudding topped with fresh strawberries and a spiced hibiscus syrup.
I was surprised by how much I liked the hibiscus syrup. The kids weren’t keen, they said it tasted like medicine! However I loved it. Especially once I added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the syrup before serving. The colour was so pretty and vibrant and I think it lifted the flavour of the strawberries. The kids (and my husband) preferred their rice custard topped with just fresh strawberries.

It’s winter here in Australia and it’s been pretty mild, apart from a storm that swept the entire East Coast last weekend.
The northern beaches of Sydney where I live were hit pretty hard, the photo below captures one of the local beaches before and after the storm. It made the rounds on facebook so I have no idea who to credit it to but it captures the impact of the storm pretty well.

This weekend they are predicting another round of storms.
The rain and the wind were so fierce last time, we were pretty much housebound.
If we have a repeat of this weather this coming weekend I am planning to make another batch of this rice custard, watch movies and keep warm. Maybe try some warm winter toppings on the custard!

I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie group chose to cook this week!



8 thoughts on “Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

  1. Wow that storm did some damage!…but your rice pudding looks beautiful!

  2. I could see the beach erosion and the property damage. Stay safe and enjoy your pudding. Love how the pudding glistens so cheerfully in red.

  3. Your pudding looks lovely and it sounds like it was a big hit with your family.

  4. I hope you stay safe with the upcoming storms. I love rice pudding like you, so snuggling up with blankets and this seems an ideal way to get through it!

  5. Your pictures look of the pudding look great. Stay safe and enjoy your pudding.

  6. Your rice pudding is so beautiful – I am now looking forward to making this.

  7. A) That rice pudding looks yummy! Great idea to add some lemon to the syrup. Although to serve it just with strawberries sounds delicious also! B) Wow, what a storm! I hope everyone had insurance and that it was covered by said insurance!

  8. That storm was intense! I hope the weather has calmed down by now. I really love the hibiscus syrup, too. I’ve been adding it to sparkling water all week. Your photograph is gorgeous and makes me want to make the rice pudding all over again!

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