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Browned Butter Peach Rice Pudding


When I moved to Arkansas one of the first things I learned is that Arkansans enjoy their rice with a little sugar and butter. As a girl I had always had rice porridge using leftover white rice mixed with a little milk, honey and raisins, but sugar and butter were gateways to a whole new world!

I love this play on the sugar and butter in rice pudding form, making it extra fancy with browned butter. If you’ve never taken the time to make browned butter, I’ll go ahead and say ‘you’re welcome’ in advance. Browned butter is incredibly easy and adds a sweet and toasty depth of flavor to almost anything you would use butter on. In case it isn’t obvious, this dish isn’t for the calorie counter, but it’s a perfect way to add a little sweetness and take advantage of two of Arkansas’ premier crops: rice and peaches.

A quick cook’s tip: if the peaches you’re using are perfectly ripe and juicy I would suggest omitting the broiling step. The broiling is simply a great way to caramelize peaches that are a tad less ripe so that they soften slightly. Otherwise making this rice pudding is sure to win you points with everyone you know!

BROWNED BUTTER PEACH RICE PUDDING

Makes approximately 20 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Riceland Long Grain White Rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4-6 peaches, peeled and sliced

Directions:

  1. First make the browned butter but placing the butter in a small non-reactive saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Allow the butter to melt and continue to cook, without stirring, until it slowly starts to brown.
  3. Pull the butter off when it becomes fragrant and begins to turn a medium amber color.
  4. Allow to cool while you make the rice pudding.
  5. For the pudding, combine the rice and water in a large pot.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover for 8 minutes.
  7. Add the milk, half-and-half and brown sugar, stir to combine, then bring to a boil again.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
  9. With 5 minutes left, turn on the broiler in your oven.
  10. Lower the heat again to low and drizzle in the eggs while stirring the rice pudding vigorously to keep the eggs from scrambling.
  11. Remove from the heat, add the browned butter and vanilla extract.
  12. Pour into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  13. Place the peaches on top.
  14. Broil for 5-10 minutes until the peaches are caramelized and done to your liking.
  15. Serve warm or cold.

Post and recipe by The Women Bloggers member Heather Disarro of HeathersDish.com.