Saturday, 26 February 2011

pear and ginger rice pudding

Time flies... where does it go? As we flit through the last few days of February, I attempted to slow the pace of life with a rustic vegan rice pudding that does double duty as breakfast and dessert. In this gentle dish, the amorous ginger leans in, and with its seductive heat, wins the heart of the pale, creamy and voluptuous pear.

Pears and ginger... a sensual match.

pear and ginger rice pudding (serves 4 - 6)

1/2 cup uncooked rice, rinsed and drained
2.5 cups soy milk (preferably organic)
1.5 cups water
1 piece (5cm / 2 inches) ginger, sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup raw sugar (more if you like it sweet)
soft ripe pears, sliced or cut into chunks, for topping

- Place rice, soy milk, water, sliced ginger and salt in a saucepan and bring to boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring.
- Cook for about 40 minutes, partially covered, checking and stirring at intervals until liquid is reduced and rice is thickened and tender. If it gets too dry, add in a little more water or soy milk.
- Add the sugar, and if you like, at this point you may also add in some pear. Bring mixture to boil again for 2 minutes, stirring, then remove from heat and let cool. Discard sliced ginger.
- You may serve this warm or cold. If you opt for the latter, like I did, cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
- When ready to serve, spoon into bowls and top liberally with fresh pear. I thought a sprinkling of nuts such as almonds would also go well with this, but unfortunately I didn't have any!

an easy vegan pear and ginger rice pudding.

22 comments:

  1. This sounds like a cure for bloatinesss. :)

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  2. Wonderful! I've been too scared to make rice pudding after a horrible experiment I tried with peppermint extract that made me feel sick... your version looks like a great way to ease myself back into the world of rice pudding!

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  3. This looks so yummy. Rice pudding is so comforting, an dthe pear and ginger flavor combo is awesome.

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  4. Winter is just round the corner! That means more rice pudding desserts for me.

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  5. I made pear and semolina pudding recently and loved it! This sounds great :-)

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  6. I must say this is really special, pear and ginger! Can't imagine how does it taste like ;) Earthy and spicy, delish!

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  7. I love vegan desserts... especially when they look as gorgeously comforting as yours ! Can't WAIT for winter.

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  8. This sounds like a wonderful vegan dessert that can be enjoyed by carnivores as well. I'm relatively new to your blog and just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the food and recipes you feature here. You keep me coming back for more. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Love the addition of ginger in there. I usually have my pear in oats but forget the ginger ;p

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  10. Pear is in season and I love the pairing of ginger and pear.

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  11. Wow.. pear and ginger.. what a wonderful pairing.. Now I might try a smoothie version of this! YuM!

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  12. What a fabulous pudding!! looks delicious!

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  13. Thanks everyone! Mary - thank you for your lovely words. It really warmed my heart! x

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  14. Great use of pears...it looks tasty.

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  15. I'm glad I stumbled across this, I just made a pear, ginger and chocolate tart! I'm glad you like the pear and ginger combination too :) I love pudding, I never thought about including ginger into it before, thanks for the recipe :) This looks good!

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  16. I love the idea of the combination fo pear with ginger. I usually make rice pudding with rice milk.

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  17. Gorgeous pictures, well presented. Looks yummy.

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  18. Thanks briarrose, XingyMingy, Cheeky Chops and Umm Mymoonah! :)

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  19. I'm a huge fan of rice pudding that is tasty enough for dessert but healthy enough for breakfast, and this one certainly fits the bill! Pear and ginger is a great flavor combination.

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  20. Thanks Lauren, I tend to go for light flavours so this means my desserts can often work as breakfast... can't complain! ;)

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  21. Pears and ginger! That does sound like a good match. It makes me think of juicing a glass of pears, ginger and apple.

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  22. Thanks Heather! Yes - definitely a great combination for juice too!

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