Turkish Rice Pudding

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This recipe makes a rich, delicious rice pudding with a Middle Eastern flair… and is adapted from one of my favorite Middle Eastern cookbooks, Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon.

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Start by making the rice first. Add 1 cup of plain, white rice to a pot, and add the amount of water indicated on the package (usually 2 cups). Cook the rice as per the directions on the package.

When the rice is done, place 6 cups of the best milk you can find (we use whole, unhomogenized, vat pasteurized milk from grass fed cows) in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add the rice and heat slowly, stirring often enough and hard enough to keep the milk from burning to the bottom of the pot.

When the milk boils, turn the burner to low, cover, and simmer gently for a half-hour, stirring often.

Rice pudding -- honey / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers Then add:

1/2 cup raw honey (local is best)

2 tablespoons rose water (like this)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (like this)

Rice Pudding -- directions / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers In a small bowl (or a 2-cup measuring cup) add 5 egg yolks and stir well. Then add about a cup of the milk-rice mixture and stir well.

Turn off the burner under the milk-rice mixture.

Slowly pour the egg mixture back into the milk-rice mixture and stir to combine.

Test for sweetness. It may be necessary to add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of either turbinado sugar (like this) or organic cane sugar (like this). Do not add more honey, as the delicate flavor of the rose water will be over powered by the flavors of the honey.

This dish is delicious warm or chilled.

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19 Responses to Turkish Rice Pudding

  1. I absolutely LOVE rice pudding. This sounds lovely!

  2. onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  3. I haven’t had rice pudding in forever, and this looks so good, have everything except the rose water. Darn and I already placed my order, pinning for next month, and sharing. Thanks for being a contributor on Real Food Fridays bloggers like you are greatly appreciated.

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thank you! 🙂
      You know, at least around here, the grocery stores sell rose water. We have a pretty big Indian population, though, but it’s still worth a try! 😉

  4. Raia says:

    This sounds so good! I love rice pudding. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays! I hope you link up again tomorrow! 🙂

  5. Rosanna says:

    This looks heavenly! Can’t wait to try it. Can I use brown rice instead?

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      I’ve never made it using brown rice. If you try it, let me know how it works out! 🙂

  6. THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Mostly Homemade Mondays link up! I hope you join us again this week. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

  7. Marla says:

    I always loved rice pudding as a kid. This looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays.

  8. April says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. 🙂 I grew up eating rice puddings, great recipe! I hope you stop by and join us again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-4.html

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  10. Marla says:

    Hi Christine,
    I loved your recipe so much I decided to use it as one of my feature posts this week on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us and being part of Real Food Fridays message. Have a wonderful healthy day!

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