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FFwD: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is a very Fall recipe – Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples. Like so many of the French Fridays recipes, I made a half recipe here and that worked quite well for two fairly generous portions.

Here’s the thing though – while I loved the rice pudding (Oh! and I added 1/ tsp powdered ginger) and used my new IFBC vanilla, I was not super-super in love with the caramel apples. My caramel sauce actually seemed perfect until I added the apple cider. Then, it looked way too liquid-y. And yeah, I remembered to halve that part. So, I’m not quite sure what my problem was or what I did. It still tasted good, though.

I will probably make this pudding again (and jwa really liked it). Although, I think next time, I’ll just start cooking the arborio rice right in the milk — especially since I used 2%. It seems like it might have benefited from a little extra starchy creaminess if there’s a bit less fat.

Here’s a link to Dorie’s recipe at Epicurious. Give it a try and see what you think! Anyway, a few photos below and a link to everyone’s posts here.

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

15 comments to FFwD: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

  • Wasn’t this good? So cool you used your new vanilla!

  • Susan: Yeah, I liked the pudding a lot. And I think I maybe messed up something with the caramel, but it still all really worked together! 🙂

  • Those are some great tips for thickening up the pudding. If Arborio starches up with regular water/broth for risottos, it can definitely handle 2% milk. 🙂
    Very happy to meet you during the conference.

  • Ei

    Well, it looks great, even if you don’t think it came out quite as it was supposed to.

  • Liz

    My caramel sauce was a mess…I ended up taking the apples out and boiling it till it thickened and caramelized. In the end, it all worked out…whew. It was great meeting you, Michelle!

  • Amy

    Oh boy, new vanilla! Was that a gift from the conference? So cool many of you could meet up in Real Life! 😉
    I’m kinda with you on the caramel sauce — quite thin. I think it is the cider’s fault. 🙂

  • Hi Michelle, it was great to meet you at IFBC! This was my first rice pudding and we enjoyed it quite a bit. My sauce was beautiful until i added the apples! As the apples cooked and released some liquid my caramel sauce became thin. I cooked it longer than the 5 minutes but it was still fairly thin. I’m curious what it will be like after being refrigerated!

  • I’m not a rice pudding fan and yours look very appetizing. I love the idea of a little ginger.

  • I used 1% milk and it thickened up just fine, even cooking the rice first. I wish I’d thought to use my new vanilla. I walked right past the new bottle on the counter as I went to the pantry for the old bottle. Oh, well. I enjoyed meeting you in Seattle!

  • I agree with you on the apples. I cooked mine for much longer than called for to try to simmer the sauce down, but it still wasn’t very caramely. But I notice some others got better color on their apples so maybe my pan just wasn’t hot enough to begin with.

  • I agree with you on when to add the rice and the amount of liquid in the sauce!
    Like the presentation in a glass.

  • Yes, the pudding was good, but the apples were delicious. Mine was a little loose but it made for a good sauce.

  • I wish I had left my peels on my apples too! Your’s look delightfully cherry and juicy! The pudding was pretty good!

  • Great post and your photos are really fabulous. I needed a bit more color on my apples too and am not sure how I missed this, but at least we enjoyed the flavor. I was a rice pudding fan to start with so no huge surprise here. It was utterly wonderful to meet you at the IFBC and I look forward to reading of all your related posts !!

  • I finally got around to making this pudding recently and have been reading everyone’s posts on it. I enjoyed both the pudding and the caramel apples, but my caramel was a little thin, too, when I added the apple cider. Of course, I don’t think I’ll mind trying again to see if I can get it right.