Rice pudding with banana and spice recipe

This is a recipe from the Michel Roux Jr and Bordeaux wine partnership

This recipe for me is all about childhood food memories, the rum gives it an adult kick and the banana crisps an extravagance well worth the effort.

Serves 6

Rice Pudding with Banana & SpiceIngredients:

1 Litre milk
75g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod, split
2 cloves
2 sticks cinnamon
3 cardamom pods
½ tsp ground nutmeg
200g pudding rice
4 bananas, peeled and cut into wedges
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
2 tbsp dark rum
1 200ml can of sweetened condensed milk

For the banana crisps:

1 under-ripe banana
Icing sugar for dusting


For the rice pudding:

  1. Bring the milk to the boil with the caster sugar, split vanilla pod, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and a little nutmeg.
  2. Sprinkle in the rice and stir. Simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
  3. Cover and leave to stand for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Pan fry the bananas with the butter and sugar. When lightly caramelised but still firm, pour in the rum and take off the heat.
  5. Fold the condensed milk into the rice.
  6. Serve the pudding in bowls with the banana on top.
  7. Decorate with banana crisps.

For the banana crisps:

  1. Peel an under-ripe banana and slice it as thinly as possible lengthways.
  2. Put the slices on a non-stick baking mat, dust with icing sugar and dry out in a low oven, 110°C, until brown and crisp.
  3. These crisps can be kept in an airtight container for a couple of days.

My Bordeaux Wine Pick: Sauternes

Rich with tropical fruit, sweet with butterscotch, yet perfectly balanced with a hint of spice, for that extra level of indulgence. Matched with this rich rice pudding, this would be my perfect Bordeaux pick.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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