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Rice Al Imperatrice

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Ingredients
  Boiling water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Uncooked rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Vanilla extract/1 inch piece vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Unflavored gelatin 1⁄4 Ounce (1 Envelope)
  Cold water 2 Tablespoon
  Egg yolks 3
  Sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Candied fruit 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), slivered
  Kirsch/Other liqueur 3 Tablespoon
  Heavy cream 1 Cup (16 tbs), whipped
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a bowl, soak the candied fruit (mixed peels) in kirsch (or any liqueur or rum or brandy).
2) In a bowl, stir the gelatin in cold water, until softened.
3) In a bowl, cover the rice with the boiling water, allow to stand for 5 minutes, drain.

MAKING
4) In a heavy pan, add the rice with 1 1/4 cups milk, bring to a boil and simmer over a low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, without stirring, until the rice is tender.
5) In a small pan, heat 3/4 cup milk with the vanilla bean.
6) In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar and salt together.
7) Stir a little hot milk into the egg mixture, then combine both mixtures and the gelatin together.
8) In a pan, stir the mixture continuously and heat, until it begins to thicken.
9) Stir in the rice and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
10) When the rice begins to set, stir in the soaked candied fruits and the whipped cream.
11) In a 1 1/2-quart mold, pour the rice mixture and chill until set.

SERVING
12) Unmold over a serving platter, garnish with the candied cherries and strips of angelica and more whipped cream, if desired.
13) Serve the Rice a l Imperatrice immediately on individual serving plates.
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Chilling
Ingredient: 
Rice
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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