Risalamande/Ris à la malta/Riskrem - CHRISTMAS CREAMED RICE PUDDING
‘A loved child has many names’ is a Scandinavian saying that is apt for this dish – Danes adopted a French name meaning ‘almond rice’, while it seems Swedes misunderstood Danish pronunciation and called it ‘Maltese rice’. Norwegians rightly just call it ‘rice cream’.
250gfrozen berries(raspberries or strawberries are good)
freshly squeezed lemon juice(optional_
For Kirsebærsovs – Danish Cherry sauce
1tbspcorn flouror arrowroot
2 x 300g cans ofblack or morello cherriesin syrup
Roughly chop the almonds, except for one which must be kept whole.
Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until thick, then gently fold it into the chilled rice pudding. If the rice pudding is too cold and hard to fold, leave it out at room temperature for a while. Add the almonds, including the reserved whole one, and pour into your serving dish. Pop it back in the fridge until ready to serve with one of the sauces below.
Some people prefer a very creamy version, and some less so – you can vary the quantity of cream accordingly. The rice is served cold, while the sauce is usually hot.
The person who finds the whole almond wins a price, usually a marzipan piggy or a box of chocolate pralines.
The different toppings:
Apelsinsås – Swedish Orange Sauce
When making the creamed rice pudding, add 2–3 tablespoons orange juice to the whipped cream before folding into the rice.
In a pan, bring the sugar and 100 ml/7 tablespoons water to the boil until the sugar is dissolved and slightly thickened, then take off the heat. Slice the oranges 5-mm/ 1/4 –in. thick, add to the warm sugar syrup. Add a few slices to top the ris à la malta.
Rød saus – Norwegian red sauce
Place the frozen berries in a pan with 100 ml/7 tablespoons water and sugar to taste. Bring to the boil, then simmer to let the berries break up. Whizz it with a stick blender until smooth. If it needs a little something, add a few drops of lemon juice before serving with the riskrem.
Kirsebærsovs – Danish Cherry sauce
Mix the cornflour/cornstarch with a small amount of syrup to make a paste. Bring the cherries and 250 ml/1 cup syrup to the boil in a pan, add the paste and stir. Boil for 1 minute to thicken, then take off the heat and add the orange juice and rum. Sweeten with sugar, if needed. Serve hot over cold risalamandes.
Recipe from ScandiKitchen Christmas by Bronte Aurell, published by Ryland Peters and Small. Photography by Pete Cassidy. RRP £16.99