Monday, November 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Rice Pudding



This recipe was my Everest. It took YEARS to get it just right.

                                      

Let me start at the beginning....

Once upon a time I lived in New York City during a summer college internship. My roommate, Becky and I shared a teeny, tiny room in the beautiful, historic New Yorker hotel. It was so small our beds practically touched.

The hotel reserves one entire floor of rooms year-round for college interns. What a great idea! We were able to meet other college students of various career fields to spend our summer with, when we weren't working, that is. We became friends with Danielle and Samantha, two wonderful girls from Arizona.

It was on one fateful day in June that Danielle asked us if we had ever eaten dessert at Rice to Riches.

"What is that?"

Danielle explained to us that it was a little place on Spring St. right above Little Italy at Mulberry St. It was basically like an ice cream shop, except that instead of ice cream they served up a huge variety of unique rice pudding flavors.

I was hesitant, I didn't even eat regular rice pudding that often, what was I going to think of this place?

Well, one bite of their "Chocolate Chip Flirt" (all their flavors have super cute names) and I was hooked. I mean, head over heals in LOVE. It was creamy, cold, and delicious.

Oh look, here we are!

                               Becky, me, and Danielle in a booth at Rice to Riches

As far as I know this is the ONLY location. So until a franchise is available for me to put in my hometown ..... I had to try and re-create my own.

I tried, and I tried, and I googled and tried longer, over the course of 6-7 years. I can finally now say that it is done. I did it!

Creamy, cold, delicious!

The secret is that you have to use Arborio rice (Italian risotto rice). It's a high-starch, short-grain rice that becomes super creamy when it absorbs the milk.

                                    
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Italian Risotto rice
  • 1 extra large bar of dark chocolate  (coarsely chopped)
Directions:

Place the milk, cream, vanilla, brown sugar, and rice in a large pot and bring to a simmer.

                   
Once it's simmering, lower the heat to medium-high, and continue to simmer until the rice is cooked and the mixture is thickened (about 30 minutes).  Be sure to stir it frequently.

This is how it should look.


                                            
Turn off the heat and transfer the pudding to a casserole dish.
          

Leave the pudding out on your counter for about 30 minutes to cool down. Stir it every so often.

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

Coarsly chop your chocolate bar. Then fold into the pudding.

                                    
                                            
Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

I usually make this the day before I need it, that way it can chill all night.

                            

This makes about 4- 6 servings. If you make it for a party, double it, because it will be gone before you know it! People will be licking their bowls clean, I know I shamelessly do.

"Oh, what's that on my face? It's probably chocolate chip rice pudding."

*****If you are ever in New York and want to try one of their awesome flavors, check out Rice to Riches. It seems they are redesigning their web site right now, but be sure to check back in the future. 

If you don't think you'll be in the city any time soon, they will mail you some!*****
      
Enjoy!!

                                                 
 

                                         

7 comments:

Becky said...

yayayay!!

Mom said...

This is a fabulous, wonderful, delicious recipe, and I have to admit I also will lick the bowl clean....you don't want to miss a drop!! I'm so happy that I don't have to go all the way to NYC to get it!!!!

Rose Hascall said...

Love rice pudding. Might have to try this.

Danielle said...

Gotta try this, I love rich to riches!

Julie said...

Pinned this! I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop, the party runs from Thursday evening until Tuesday: http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/

Amber dorsch said...

Thanks for lovely article.


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Carole said...

Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Rice and other grains! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Wishing you a very happy New Year!

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