Vanilla Rice Pudding with Orange Syrup Recipe


3 -1/4 cups whole milk 

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved 

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 

3/4 cup Arborio rice 

4 medium to large navel oranges 


Arance con Riso dolce al latte e vaniglia

Vanilla Rice Pudding with Sweet Orange slices and Orange Syrup 


1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, 1 -1/2 cups water, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and salt; bring to a boil.

2. Add rice, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring frequently until rice is tender and pudding is creamy, about 45 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cut 2 oranges crosswise into 16 (1/4-inch thick) slices. Juice remaining 2 oranges; strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve (you should have at least 2/3 cup juice); set aside.

4. In a medium saucepan, combine orange slices, remaining 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes.

5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer orange slices to a large plate. Increase heat to high and bring syrup to a boil; cook until thickened, about 8 minutes more.

6. Remove from heat and whisk in 2/3 cups juice.

7. Serve rice pudding warm or at room temperature with orange slices and a drizzle of syrup.

Also consider a drop to a drizzle of Saba or Mosto.