Risalamande – Danish rice dessert with cream and almonds
After a Google search and a few interesting Christmas traditions later (for example in Japan, KFC is the traditional Christmas Eve feast - the lines go out the door!), I came across this interesting Danish Christmas tradition. Risalamande is a rice pudding with almonds and cream, served with cherry sauce. Riz a l’amande translates to rice and almonds.
Having grown up on rizogalo, a Greek rice pudding with cinnamon, I was curious so had to give this one a go…with a yoghurt twist of course.
Traditionally this dish is served mixed with cream however to lighten it a little I opted for ¾ cream and ¼ yoghurt. I think the result was good.
- ½ cup white rice
- 2.1 cups of milk
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 200g pitted cherries in syrup
- 2 tablespoons of the cherry syrup
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of ground almonds
- ¾ cup of cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup of Greek yoghurt
- Put rice and water in a saucepan and let cook until boiling
- Add milk and vanilla essence and put on low, cook covered for 40 minutes
- Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and cook uncovered for another 2-4 minutes or until it thickens, most of the liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender
- Put in the fridge to cool
- Once the rice pudding is completely cooled, mix the sugar and almonds together and mix through the rice pudding
- Whip the cream until light and fluffy, then add yoghurt and sugar.
- Mix the cream and yoghurt mixture into the rice pudding
- Portion the rice pudding out into glasses and place in the fridge until set
- Meanwhile combine the icing sugar, syrup and pitted cherries and cook on medium heat until the cherries soften and the sauce becomes thick – crush the cherries with a spoon until they become part of the sauce (it can be a bit chunky)
- Serve rice pudding with a tablespoon of warm cherry sauce (or more – just double the sauce recipe J).
I enjoyed this dish – it wasn’t too sweet and was surprisingly light. It would be a nice end to a Christmas meal and most of it can be made the night before, making it easy!
glædelig jul (Merry Christmas in Danish).