Saturday, September 09, 2006

Scavenger Hunt - The Theme is "Food"

This week's theme is perfect for sharing recipes! This is a photo of Ris a la mande,which is a traditional Christmas desert in Scandinavia. It's a creamy rice pudding with chopped almonds and a delicious cherry sauce on top.
One whole almond is usually hidden in the pudding and the finder gets a little present.
Here is what you'll need:
A bit of gelatin. (optional)
3 tablespoons cold water
4 cups milk
1 cup short-grain white rice, or arborio rice, uncooked
7 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream, for whipping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup blanched almonds, chopped
1 whole almond
Meanwhile, place 2 cups of the milk and the rice in a medium saucepan. Stir over moderate heat until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the dissolved gelatin, then the remaining 2 cups of milk, the dash of salt and the sugar.

Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl. Freeze until mixture is cold and thickens but does is not set, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.

Whip the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the rice mixture. Fold in the 1/2 cup chopped almonds, and the one (1) whole almond. Place in a serving bowl and chill in rerigerator.

When ready to serve, spoon Ris ala mande into individual dessert bowls, and if desired, sprinkle a little ground cinnamon or nutmeg and sliced or slivered almonds over the top of each individual bowl and serve with Homemade Bing Cherry Sauce or a spoonful of canned cherry pie filling. Refrigerate any left-over pudding.

Homemade Bing Cherry Sauce

1 can (17 oz.) Pitted Bing Cherries
3-4 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp. almond extract or almond flavoring, optional
Water, to add to Bing Cherry liquid from can

Drain can of pitted bing cherries. Reserve liquid. Pour liquid (that you drained and reserved from can) into a medium saucepan, and add enough water to liquid to make 1 1/2 cups. Cook on medium heat, adding sugar, cornstarch, and a dash of salt. Cook and stir mixture until thickened and clear. Add the cherries, the lemon juice, and if desired, 1/2 tsp. almond extract. Pour sauce over individual servings of the Ris ala mande.

Note: Very Important!
Don't forget to put the 1 whole almond in the pudding.

Thanks to Diana Baker Woodall.


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Kim from Hiraeth said...

Wow! That looks absolutely decadent. Copying and pasting. . .thanks for the recipe!

Mine's up, too!

Expat Traveler said...

I'm drooling already. Nowt hat looks incredible!@!!!! mines up too.

Lindsay said...

That looks so yummy!
WOw I am HUNGRY this morning!!!!
Mines up

Bethany said...

That looks delicious! I am definitely saving this recipe.

barman said...

Wow I love the photo and the desert. I think we need to do food again in the hunt if we are going to get nice recipies like this. Thank you.

GoofyJ said...

mmmmm, great photo and great desert! :) Mine's up

TheMartins said...

yum yum!!! I might just have to try that! :)

Mine is up too. :)

MysteriousLady said...

y'all are killin me. All this food,I could just reach out and grab it!

J said...

Looks delish!

Girl said...

All the ice cream is making me feel starved!

Pat said...

That looks sooooo delicious! I will have to give it a try.

Lynn said...

This looks great!
I love rice pudding!
My hubby and I are always looking for new rice pudding recipes!

mine is up

Maribeth said...

Great recipe!

TNChick said...

Oh my, that loosk devine. I've never heard of it but it sure looks worthy of makin'.... Maybe I should try it since you provided the recipe! Thanks!

Lori said...

This looks so good!! It's a keeper, I'm printing this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Butterfly Kisses said...

OOOOOOOOO! That looks very yummy!!

Eagle Lover said...

The picture is great. Looks delicious. I love rice pudding but have never had it like this before.

Jane said...

Oh, yum!!! That's a great picture. THanks for the recipe!

mar said...

It looks delicious and thanks so much for the yummy recipe! mmmhhh, wonderful!

Ma said...

Mmmmmmmm, sounds and looks so delicious!

thanks for stopping by.

Wystful1 said...

Now--------------I remember you telling us about this traditional dish last year around Christmas. And since you shared the recipe, I'm certainly going to try it this coming holiday don't delete this. (My copy and paste isn't working today for some reason!! *mumble grumble*)

Maybe I can go out on the 'net and find the recipe and bookmark it. DUH!!

Thanks L L. And it really looks scrumptious. And I bet it tastes sooooooo good!!!

Goofy Girl said...

Ooo that looks interesting!

amanda47 said...

wow. i have never tasted anything like that before.

thanks for stopping by my photo hunt earlier!!


That was nice. Copied your recipe. At least I'll have something new this coming Christmas Eve.
Thanks for sharing.

TC said...

That looks wonderful. And a yummy recipe too! thanks!

Lissette said...

Oh that looks devine! Yum! Mine is up at

Janet said...

ooooh yum!!! I love the idea of finding the almond :-)