UPDATE: We submitted this Rice Pudding with Bourbon Glazed Apples recipe to a rice contest that was hosted by Think Rice and The Feed Feed. We are beyond thrilled and honored to announce that this recipe was one of three main prize winners.
A Seasonal Variation on the classic rice dessert
This is a seasonal variation on the classic rice pudding. My sister and I used to love rice pudding when we were growing up. My mother used to make a very simple recipe with just milk and sugar and topped with cocoa powder. I actually never made rice pudding until now. My creamy rice pudding with bourbon glazed apples is a bit jazzed up and boasts of Fall harvested apple and cinnamon flavors. It is sweet, creamy and the bourbon glazed apples just add another sweet dimension. Not bad for my first attempt.
It's time to mark your calendars, folks! The 9th of August is National Rice Pudding Day, which means it's time to indulge in your favorite dish! This special day celebrates the tasty and comforting dessert that has found its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of people all over the world.
What is Rice Pudding?
There are many variations of rice pudding. But one thing that all rice pudding recipes have in common is the use of cooked rice as the base ingredient. Beyond that, the options are endless! Milk is another essential component, and you can choose from a wide range of varieties like cow’s, coconut, evaporated, or cream. Sweeteners such as sugar, molasses, or honey are also added to give rice pudding its signature luscious taste along with other flavors such as vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. And of course, eggs play an important role in holding the dish together while butter gives it a rich, creamy consistency.
INGREDIENTS for this Recipe
For the Rice Pudding
whole milk – do not substitute with low fat or fat free.
heavy whipping cream - whipped
rice – we used jasmine rice, you can use other types of rice, just be aware that there may be cooking variations. Read the instructions on the rice package and make sure you have the appropriate liquid to rice measurements. In this case, milk is the liquid.
condensed milk – give the rice pudding a sweet creamy unique flavor, similar to dulce de leche.
brown sugar – light brown sugar is suggested, you can use dark brown sugar if that’s all you have. Note, the pudding may have a slightly more molasses flavor.
vanilla extract – pure vanilla extract, never use imitation vanilla extract.
cinnamon - powdered
salt – sea salt, or any other salt. Do not use coarse salt.
For the Bourbon Glazed Apples
apples peeled – any variety or mix of varieties will work just fine. We used a mix of apples from our Fall apple haul.
brown sugar - light brown sugar is suggested, you can use dark brown sugar if that’s all you have. Note, the pudding may have a slightly more molasses flavor.
butter – unsalted butter.
Bourbon – any brand is fine.
cinnamon – powder.
How to make rice pudding?
Instructions for Creamy Rice Pudding
Place milk, rice, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and let simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes or until rice is soft. Stir occasionally.
Once cooked, remove from heat and let cool completely.
Place heavy cream into a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until whipped cream has formed.
Once the rice is completely cooled, mix in the whipped cream and condensed milk. You should have a creamy sweet consistency.
Instructions for Bourbon Glazed Apples
Place brown sugar and butter into a sauté pan and cook on medium/high heat until sugar is melted.
Add apples and cook for 6-7 minutes or until apples become soft. Add bourbon and cinnamon. Let cool.
Transfer rice pudding into serving dishes and layer or top with bourbon glazed apples. Ready to serve. Can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.