Zov's Armenian Rice Pudding Recipie
2 cups short-grain rice, such as
Cal Rose or Arborio rice
4 cups water
9 1/2 cups milk
3 cups cream
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 vanilla beans -- cut in half
lengthwise and seeds scraped from pod (use both pod and seeds)
Fresh berries such as blueberries,
blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, for garnish - (optional)
3/4 cup shelled pistachios -- for garnish, (optional)
In a large pot, soak rice in water for 1/2 hour.
Simmer, uncovered, until water is absorbed.
Allow rice to sit off heat until the consistency of thick paste.
Add milk, cream, sugar and vanilla; stir to combine.
Cook on medium heat until the consistency of creme anglaise (medium-thick custard sauce).
Cover with plastic wrap while still warm to prevent a skin from forming on top.
Presentation: Zov likes to serve this pudding in a large glass bowl garnished with fresh berries and pistachios.
This recipe yields 12 servings.
Nutritional data per serving: Calories, 534;
protein, 10 grams;
carbohydrates, 64 grams;
fat, 18 grams;
cholesterol, 108 milligrams;
sodium, 118 milligrams.