Rice pudding fritters with rhubarb and winter strawberry jam

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 22 people

  • 750 ml (3 cups) milk
  • 200 gm (1 cup) short-grain rice, such as arborio
  • 20 gm butter, diced
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 1 piece of thinly peeled lemon rind
  • 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 60 gm plain flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp golden rum
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • Pure icing sugar, for dusting
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  • Rhubarb and winter strawberry jam
  • 400 gm rhubarb, trimmed, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 200 gm strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 600 gm white sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
01   Combine milk, rice, butter, vanilla bean and seeds and lemon rind in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender (20-25 minutes). Transfer to a bowl, cool to room temperature (30-45 minutes) and discard vanilla bean. Add sugar, flour, egg, rum, and baking powder, stir to combine and refrigerate until firm (4-6 hours; if the mixture feels a little too wet add 1 tbsp of plain flour until it comes together).
02   For rhubarb and strawberry jam, place rhubarb, strawberries and 50ml water in a saucepan over medium heat. and cook partially covered, stirring frequently, until rhubarb is tender (12-15 minutes). Add sugar and lemon juice and cook until mixture reaches setting point (15-20 minutes; see cook’s notes p177). Set aside to cool.
03   Heat oil to 180C in a deep-fryer or deep saucepan. Deep-fry heaped tablespoonfuls of batter in batches until golden (2-3 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Dust with icing sugar and serve with rhubarb and strawberry jam.

Topics:

RUM, DESSERT, RICE, RICE, VANILLA BEAN, RHUBARB, STRAWBERRIES, RECIPES

Recipe:

ALICE STOREY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

SPARKLING MOSCATO. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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