Indulgent Apple, Cherry & Marsala Rice Pudding

Sometimes I crave for something sweet and simple.  A dessert that will make me want to stop the clock after just one spoonful.  I have been pureeing a lot of fruits and vegetables lately for my little one and right in the middle of making apple and cherry compote, I wondered whether the ‘big kids at heart’ that we are would enjoy this compote even more with a bit of Marsala in it… And to bring us right back down Memory Lane, I thought rice pudding could simply just work the treat.  Here is the result of this little experiment and how to make it.  

Ingredients 
(for 4 people)

For the compote

  • 250 gr pitted cherries
  • 300 gr apples
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 20 cl Marsala wine

For the rice pudding

  • 1 litre full fat milk
  • 100 gr pudding rice
  • 5 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 envelope of ‘sucre vanillé’)

How to make it

The Apple, Cherry & Marsala Wine Compote

  1. Peel and roughly cut the apples and wash the cherries
  2. Put all the fruits in a pan with a little bit of water at the bottom (no more than 3 tbsp), cover the pan with a lid and let the mix simmer gently.  After 5 minutes add the Marsala wine and the sugar.  Mix all the ingredients together in the pan and cover it again until the preparation comes to a texture you can easily mash with a fork
  3. Swith off the hobs and let the fruit preparation cool down a little
  4. Once cooled down, keep a few pieces of fruits on the side and blend the preparation using a hand mixer to get to a very smooth and creamy finish

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The Rice Pudding

  1. Bring the milk, sugar and vanilla extract to the boil
  2. Once the milk has come to a boil, add in the rice pudding little by little and lower the heat to make sure the rice cooks very gently and very slowly
  3. Keep stirring the rice to avoid any sticky bottoms and let the rice cook until the level of the milk has gone down to the point where you can see the rice. Switch off the hob and you will soon see that the rice will carry on gaining in volume as it carries on cooking off the heat

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The Finale

No need to get the rice pudding in the oven with this recipe so simply choose the dish you prefer to serve the rice pudding and start by adding a first layer of apple, cherry and Marsala compote at the bottom of your dish, glass, bowl…  Top this first layer with some rice pudding and finish with a second layer of compote and a couple of the fruit pieces you saved earlier on.  Enjoy!

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