Chocolate Rice Pudding with Balsamic Cherry Topping

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Chocolate is always the Valentine choice for most of us, so why not take something old as a traditional rice pudding and make it into a decadent dessert for this special day. This can be made ahead of time and placed in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Place the exotic black cherry topping on your bowl of chocolate goodness right before serving. You could even take that chunk of chocolate and shave it over the cherries. Using a high grade chocolate bar guarantees that  irresistible rich flavor. (I chose Green and Black chocolate)

Cherries can be substituted for the topping with fresh raspberries, bananas, or your favorite fruit. Once you have finished assembling this recipe, give it a taste white it’s warm. Oh my!  Then refrigerate and then decide which way you prefer it.

 

Chocolate Rice Pudding with Balsamic Cherry Topping
 
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Ingredients
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • ⅔ cup Arborio rice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 ozs. organic 72% baking chocolate,chopped ( I used Green and Black)
  • 1 13 oz. jar Black Cherries in syrup or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a heavy pot combine milk, rice, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer,stirring frequently for 35-45 minutes.
  3. The rice should be tender and thickened.
  4. Remove from stove and add chopped chocolate and stir until combined.
  5. Place in a container and cover with plastic pushing down on top so skin doesn't form. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  6. Sauce
  7. Place the cherries in a small saucepan and add 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar.
  8. Simmer until reduced by ⅓. (If using frozen cherries and a little water.)
  9. Top rice pudding with 4-5 cherries and serve.

 Valentine’s Day 

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” To learn more visit ; Valentine’s Day History.

My Sweet Honey Valentine from first grade.

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1 Elpiniki

I love rice pudding! I make it with chocolate too, but I lov ethe idea of cherries on top!

2 Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew

Hi there! Just came across your blog, I’m also a Greek American food blogger. You have so many great recipes, I don’t know what try first (though this recipe pudding looks amazing!).

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