Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits - one of the ultimate in comfort foods made vegan and healthier using natural fruit syrup and almond milk, topped with deliciously warm roasted seasonal fruits | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 22.08.2018

Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits

prep: 15 mins / cook: 1 hour 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 1 hour 45 mins / quantity: 4 servings Print recipe?

This vegan baked rice pudding recipe is an adaptation of a dessert I used to serve in my pastry chef days at Chewton Glen.  Each fruit was roasted individually and flambeed with its appropriate alcohol – Poire William for pear, calvados for apple, kirsch for cherries etc.  It was then served in a delicate handmade pastry ‘bowl’ with an equally delicate pastry spoon and a scoop of freshly made ice-cream.

Who at home has time for all that faff??!

Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits - one of the ultimate in comfort foods made vegan and healthier using natural fruit syrup and almond milk, topped with deliciously warm roasted seasonal fruits | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

However,  I still remember how good it tasted so rather than a delicate pastry bowl (read far too flipping easily broken) I thought I’d use another of my all time favourite comfort desserts – baked rice pudding.  But a vegan version, naturally sweetened with the truly wonderful stuff that is Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup.  Think all the sweetness of honey or maple syrup but made from just natural fruit extracts.  It’s also free from all 14 major food allergens.

Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits - one of the ultimate in comfort foods made vegan and healthier using natural fruit syrup and almond milk, topped with deliciously warm roasted seasonal fruits | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Here I’ve used it in both the pudding itself and to add a little extra sticky sweetness to the very seasonal fruits.  One of the beauties of this recipe is you can use whatever fruits you have to hand and/or whatever’s right in season.  Currently it’s strawberries, nectarines and plums.  Three of my all time favourite fruits with the addition of a few orange segments for some extra zing!  Not sure how to segment an orange – here’s a great video!

Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits - one of the ultimate in comfort foods made vegan and healthier using natural fruit syrup and almond milk, topped with deliciously warm roasted seasonal fruits | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

I can’t think of many better flavour and texture combinations than rich, creamy rice pudding and sweet sweet fruit.  And the smell of all of this while it’s cooking.  Literal heaven in all it’s sweet fruity glory.

Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits - one of the ultimate in comfort foods made vegan and healthier using natural fruit syrup and almond milk, topped with deliciously warm roasted seasonal fruits | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits

prep: 15 mins / cook: 1 hour 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 1 hour 45 mins / quantity: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (750ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (75g) Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100g) arborio risotto rice
  • knob of dairy free spread - I used Vitalite
  • 1 orange - segmented (see note)
  • 4 plums - stone removed and thickly sliced
  • 6 strawberries - stalk removed and halved or quartered if very large
  • 1 nectarine - stone removed and thickly sliced
  • 1 tblsp Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup
  • Large baking dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4
  2. Brush the dairy free spread around the inside of your baking dish and set aside
  3. In a bowl or jug whisk together the almond milk, Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup, nutmeg and vanilla then pour into your buttered dish
  4. Sprinkle in the rice and put in the oven for 45 minutes.  Carefully take the dish out of the oven, give it a good stir the rice then put back in the oven for another 45 minutes
  5. About 30 minutes before the rice is finished cooking prepare the fruit then put into a small frying pan along with the Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup
  6. Cook gently over a low heat until starting to soften and warmed through, stirring or tossing occasionally - be gentle though, you don't want mashed fruit!
  7. When the rice is cooked spoon into serving bowls and top with the warm fruit
Baked Rice Pudding with Roasted Fruits

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