Friday, November 22, 2013

FFWD ~ Rice Pudding and Caramel Apples (a make up post)

FFWD ~ Rice Pudding and Caramel Apples

This week consisted of shopping, baking and plenty of cleaning. It’s the week before Thanksgiving and, it's been crazy busy around here!  My family will be converging on my house for a few days.  In addition to planning our Thanksgiving dinner, I will also be planning a few easy weeknight meals and breakfast for the crew.  So, when “Salty-Sweet Potato Far” was picked for this friday,  I just couldn’t bring myself to take the time to make something that I knew Bill wasn’t going to eat.  Frankly, it just didn’t appeal to me either!  Maybe after the reviews are in, I will give it a try.  In the mean time, I decided to post a make up, that I missed while I was on vacation.  For me, this week's French Friday is all about Rice Pudding and Caramel Apples.

Join me on the porch…won’t you?
Rice pudding is something I grew up on, evoking many wonderful memories!  As a child, I loved it more than cake! It has always topped my list of ultimate “comfort foods”.  My mom made a version that was made with evaporated milk, and baked in the oven. It would develop this most wonderful crust on top.  My brother and I would fight over it!
In later years, my rice pudding of choice, was a simpler version that I received from my cousin Jayne.  It’s made with milk, on top of the stove, with a beaten egg and vanilla added at the end.  Wonderfully creamy and oh so good!  I’ve never met a rice pudding I didn’t like, so I was really excited to make Dorie’s version!  Her recipe calls for Arborio rice, cooked partially in water. Then, the prepared rice is cooked in milk, along with some sugar until the rice is very tender and most of the milk is absorbed.  Dorie adds, "It is important not to let all the milk be absorbed, or the pudding will be stiff". I think I worried about this too much, because I don’t think I let mine absorb enough milk. It tended to be a bit watery, but still creamy and delicious!

Now, I don’t know if this pudding was so luscious because of the creamy texture, or the amazing caramel apples.  The apples were easy to make.  Begin by moistening sugar with lemon juice in a skillet, then letting it bubble away until a caramel is produced.  Then remove the pan from the heat, and add the butter, swirling the pan to mix. Place the pan back on the heat and add apple cider. Once it comes to a boil, add the apples and cook until tender.  Pour in the heavy cream, boil for one minute and let cool.  You now have the most wonderful caramel apples you will ever taste!  Just this girls humble opinion. This was a truly a delectable dessert!  The rice pudding, although a little too moist, tasted creamy and rich! The caramel apples took it over the top! My husband and I decided "it’s a keeper"!  Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, “Around My French Table”, or
here at Epicurious.

Starting the caramel, with the sugar and lemon juice
Apples sliced and ready to be used 
Apples cooking in the caramelized sugar and cider
After the heavy cream was poured in
The caramelized apples….amazing!
This was so good…creamy, rich and delectable!


  1. This was delicious, wasn't it?

    Have a great holiday and enjoy all that family :-)

  2. Rice pudding with apples - now we're talking!

  3. So glad you made something enjoyable.. have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I love Dorie's rice pudding, it is just so delicious and easy. I think par-boiling the arborio
    make a big difference. Your dish looks so good. Have a happy holiday and don't work
    too hard, and enjoy the family.

  5. This was a delicious recipe and so simple to make. My favorite - the apples. I am glad you enjoyed this recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. I always love rice pudding too, though this wasn't my favorite version. However, the caramelized apples were something quite special.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

  7. I haven't had rice pudding in years but always enjoyed it. Dorie has so many wonderful recipes in her books that I'm sure this is a winner.

    I've been crazy busy myself and have been cooking for classes, work stuff, testing recipes for Thanksgiving and quite frankly feel like a big ball of pudding right now with all the stuff I've been sampling. Oh goodness, and the holidays haven't even begun. Time to stop testing! Nice recipe and pretty too!

  8. This looks beyond delicious, Kathy. Those caramelized sliced apples are amazing.

  9. Your caramel sauce looks wonderful - exactly the reason *I* liked this dish!

  10. Totally FAB! Love the caramelized apples!

  11. Kathy, I love rice pudding; yours is so super creamy and perfectly awesome! The addition with the caramelized apples are way over the 'top' delicious!
    Couldn't help 'smiling' to join you on the porch!?...don't think so, not from what I see how cold it is where you are! (I do realize this is a previous 'make-up post)

  12. LOVE rice pudding - you've just taken it to a whole new level!
    Mary x

  13. Dear Kathy, I grew up with rice pudding as a regular for dessert too. My mom baked hers in the oven too. I remember how delicious it was.
    This sounds wonderful too with the caramel apples.
    I hope that you Thanksgiving week is just beautiful, with many good memories made.

    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  14. You chose wisely Kathy! I think the reviews will have told you to skip the far completely. I was kind of shocked when I realized Thanksgiving is next week. Somehow it snuck up on me this year. The house is ready and I've done menu planning but I need to shop and prep as much as I can. Gary's family will be here from Memphis for 4 days and the boys and their families will also be here for dinners. And of course my adorable little Mr. B! I hate to spend my time in the kitchen when he is around:) I hope you and Bill have a wonderful time with your family Kathy! And your rice pudding looks great. We loved it too!

  15. Your close ups are driving me nuts, I have been eating rice pudding since I was born but never with the delectable addition of caramel apples!


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  16. I simply love your caramel apples

  17. When I made this, Kathy, I wanted to have a bowl of caramelized apples all to myself. Altho I liked the combo and will make it again, I really loved the apples. Maybe they would do well on the top of oatmeal this Thanksgiving week when your family visits. A breakfast treat. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  18. Yup, I think you made the right decision. As you can imagine, there is no way Bill would have touched potatoes with fruit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

  19. I usually make rice pudding like your cousin Jayne's recipe Kathy. I got mine from a Scandinavian lady a long time ago. It's so creamy.

    Rice Pudding holds a special place in my heart too Kathy. I'm so bad for not making it more often. You have inspired me to revisit it again after the craziness of the holidays has past:)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share Kathy. In case I don't make it back, wishing you and yours a gloriously Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  20. I've never tried rice pudding but this looks pretty good!

  21. Given the opinion results, it looks like you made a wise choice - especially during a busy holiday week. That said, I was in the vast minority who actually liked it but I think it is because I was wolfing down the cauliflower version and it ended up much more moist than the potato one I made. I can only imagine how busy you were, prepping the house for all the visitors. My best to you and your family for a wonderful holiday. We packed up and took Nana and my Dad with us up to Vermont. Very fun and very peaceful once we actually arrive - but the planning,shopping and packing is something else ! I could have used a nice glass of that amazing rice pudding you made - it looks SO yummy. All the best ~

  22. We had a family rice pudding traditional that had to be revised since (almost) everyone hated the rice pudding so much. I expect this is a more palatable version (with apologies to my late grandmother who made and loved hers)...

  23. I wish I'd had your wisdom, Kathy, and caught up on the rice pudding instead of making the far. It was only okay, but your pudding looks perfect!