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Chilled rice pudding with honeyed figs

Rice pudding makes a gorgeous chilled dessert, particularly topped with honeyed figs.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking plus chilling
Chilled rice pudding with honeyed figs

Rice pudding makes a gorgeous chilled dessert, particularly topped with honeyed figs. We've crumbled sticky baklava over the top; it's also lovely scattered with roasted walnuts or pistachio nuts.

Ingredients

  • 200 gm honey
  • 6 figs, halved
  • Juice and finely grated rind of ½ orange
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Crumbled baklava (optional), to serve
Rice pudding
  • 1 litre (4 cups) milk
  • 250 gm (1¼ cups) arborio rice
  • 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • Thinly peeled rind and juice of ½ orange

Method

  • 1
    For rice pudding, combine ingredients except orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally to begin with and more frequently as mixture thickens, until rice is tender (12-15 minutes). Remove from heat, discard cinnamon quill and vanilla bean, stir in orange juice and divide among small serving bowls. Place in the freezer to chill quickly or refrigerate to chill.
  • 2
    Cook honey in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until lightly caramelised (2-3 minutes), then add figs cut-side down and cook until lightly caramelised (1-2 minutes). Remove figs with a slotted spoon, then add orange and lemon juice to pan and stir to combine.
  • 3
    To serve, top rice pudding with figs and honey syrup, and scatter with orange rind and crumbled baklava.
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  • Author: Emma Knowles