Mediterranean Rice Pudding

Dessert, Recipe

When I researched rice pudding, I found that it is made in nearly EVERY country  in the world in some variety. I also discovered that a recipe can vary greatly between people in the same country. Rice pudding was one of my late father’s favorite dishes, and whenever I make it, I am reminded of my dad which makes it extra special for me. :-)

Rice pudding is made from rice and is usually mixed with water or milk. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener.  Rice pudding can be boiled or baked, and it can be thick like a pudding or thin like a drink.

Below is a list of the most common ingredients of rice pudding across the world:

  1. rice (all types- long-grain, short grain, basmati, jasmine, etc)
  2. milk (usually a thick milk such as whole, heavy cream or evaporated, etc)
  3. spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamon, etc)
  4. flavorings (orange blossom water, vanilla, almond, orange, lemon, etc)
  5. sweetener (sugar, honey, brown sugar, etc)

In the US, most rice pudding recipes are based on European immigrants; but more recently, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American recipes have become more popular.  Below is my Mediterranean Read the rest of this entry »


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Pomegranate Molasses Recipe

Recipe, Spice

 

After last week’s post on Muhammara, I received a lot of questions about pomegranate molasses. Pomegranate molasses is made by boiling down pomegranate juice to a tart variety, and it is used in many Mediterranean meals including dips, meats and salads. Pomegranate molasses can be puchased in the ethnic aisle of your local grocery stores and can be found in Mediterranean/Middle Eastern markets.

You can also make it on your own using the recipe below. I prefer to make it on my own because I can determine the sweetness of the molasses.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

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