Arborio Rice Pudding with Cinnamon-Cardamom Streusel

Arborio Rice Pudding with Cinnamon-Cardamom Streusel

4 1/4 cups reduced fat milk
3/4 cup arborio rice, uncooked
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Combine milk, rice and sugar, in a large saucepan, over medium-medium high heat, and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is soft, and most of the liquid has absorbed; stir in vanilla extract. Cool rice to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until cold.

To make the streusel: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a small sheet pan with foil.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and salt, until well combined. Cut in the butter, using your fingertips or a pastry blender, until mixture is crumbly. Knead the mixture a bit, with your hands, until it starts to come together. Spread evenly, into a mass, on the sheet pan.
Bake at 250 degrees F, for 15 minutes (to cook out some of the flour, and melt the sugar and butter a bit), or until warm and fragrant. Turn oven broiler on, and broil for 1-2 minutes, until streusel starts to brown and crisp; remove pan from oven and cool streusel completely, before crumbling up into pieces.

Sprinkle streusel over rice pudding, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings


  1. Yeah, it's raining here too :0( Yikes, be careful with that tornado warning!!

    I wouldn't be able to answer those questions, haha.

    Oh man, that is THE most delectable-looking rice pudding I've ever seen, hands down.

  2. We get those freaky hail storms in summer as well Em. In regards to your questions, the only one I can answer with out googling them is 1)12 o'clock. Great rice pudding with a lovely cardamon-cinnamon topping. Thats a fantastic blend of flavours.

  3. I WISH it would rain here! Your rice looks nice. Hee hee. I'm not a pudding fan, but I'd try yours, because I trust you. Arborio was a great choice. I'm writing this technique down in my book for desserts for my cooking class.

    I think that I'm pretty intelligent, but I am too tired to rack my brain for the Foodie Fight answers.

  4. That looks good. I like the sound of a Streusel topping for rice pudding. :)

  5. that looks just....amazing. and i'm not even a fan of rice pudding really.

    we got some major hail storms here, too. crazy. (i'm in western mass.)

  6. I think I know the answers to at least half of those questions, but my brain is not working right now!
    Love, love rice pudding, never had it with arborio, though. Looks good!

  7. I think rice pudding is the best thing to ever happen to rice. Yours looks beautiful.

    I'll take a stab at the questions by purely guessing:

    1. 12 - Pete said so
    2. Virginia
    3. Tomatoes
    4. Brown Bella
    5. Rabbit

    I'm feeling a 2/5

  8. The weather sucks this summer, no more rain or hail for us, but kinda cold. I liked how your recipe uses regular milk and still achieves that creamy texture. I must give cardamon a try, what does it taste like?

  9. I just adore rice pudding, and the streusel sounds good too.

    I've no idea about the answers to your foodie fight questions.

    Amazingly, we seem to have escaped this last batch of storms - that's got to be a first this spring. But Sunday night and most of Monday were horrendous-more tornado warnings. Fortunately we got away with some high winds, and lots of rain.

    I wish we had a basement, we have to make do with a closet. :-)

  10. This is a great rice pudding recipe! I love the spicy streusel! My mom always uses arborio rice for pudding too. It makes it so creamy! :)

  11. Yum, this looks sooooo delicious. My one and only rice pudding attempt was a failure, so maybe I'll have to try this one!

  12. my answers:

    1. 3, 6, 9, and 12.
    2. nevada
    3. cabbage
    4. psilocybin mushrooms
    5. squirrel

    how'd i do? :)

    i've said it before and i'll say it again--streusel anything and i'll eat it. awesome pudding.

  13. what a sweet brilliant idea! rice pudding topped with cinnamon-cardamom streusel!! fantastic flavors in one cup!!

  14. It is piddling down with rain today so this is perfect comfort food!!!!

  15. It's been raining here as well. Every single day. It's really been non stop.

    I too love rain and thunderstorms; I love lightning... But when it's comes to tornado's! :O

    Haha, and those questions; Hah, I have no idea ;]

    But man does your rice pudding look excellent!

  16. Never seen hail quite like it, thank goodness. This dessert is just gorgeous - the streusel with the rice is jsut perfect.

  17. You are genius, my friend - something I deeply love (rice pudding) with something I deeply love (streusel topping). :)

  18. I eat bowlfuls of rice plain, without sugar or toppings. I love rice beyond comprehension. The notion of dousing my rice with extra sweetness and streusal (!) wow, really excites me. I have a few rice pudding recipes bookmarked to try, and I'm definitely adding this to the list.

  19. I'm laughing because I can't answer even one of those questions!!

    My husband is a HUGE rice pudding fan. I should make this for him.

  20. This looks so yummy! I love the streusel addition!

  21. I miss the thunderstorms of the midwest--they just aren't the same here.
    I love rice pudding and have actually never made it myself. Looks like I have found a recipe to try.

  22. Sugar tit! Thats a new one. I love a nice comforting bow; of rice pudding. I hate this freak weather.

  23. This is a perfect dessert Emiline! Because of the flavours and textures, I would love to eat this, that's for sure. That rain... creepy!

  24. Oooh this looks great! I've never had rice pudding before, but this looks delicious...great for a rainy day!

  25. 5. Rabbit?
    That's my best and only guess.
    Pudding looks fab!

  26. Thanks everyone!

    Should I reveal the answers? I think I might wait another day. I'm thinking of someone in particular that could probably answer all of these.

  27. I love rice pudding, but seem to be the only one in my family who does, I don't get them, it's so good! Yours looks fantastic, I might just have to make a big pot just for me!

    Send some rain over to AZ would ya!

  28. That looks like a game that I would be excited about but would never know any of the answers. Kind of like the time we tried to play Saturday Night Live Trivial Pursuit. You think you know the show... but the questions were so detailed that it was nearly impossible to play. We turned it into a drinking game and that made it fun!

    I've never thought to use arborio rice in a rice pudding but it looks like it made this creamy and yummy. I remember that Kozy Shack stuff. I think they still have it around?

  29. You should have divided this post into 3 separate ones…there’s so much to comment on. I read about those hail stones in the news. And what a great picture!

    I’m not looking at any other comments… I’ll say the starch should be at 10 o’clock. I have no clue about 2 or 3. Number 4 is weird (because I don’t know the answer). Do you remember Jamie cooked with a “chicken of the woods” mushroom that looked like a brain?

    I also have no clue about number 5, but it must be something gross if they’re asking. I’ll say squirrel, which is pretty darn gross.

    Your rice pudding is gorgeous. I love the idea of a streusel on top. You’re brilliant.

  30. It was something like 105 here it's only about 90 but thunder and sprinkles.

    I couldn't answer even ONE question. Sigh.

  31. Okay, here are the answers, since you all are so eager to know. :)

    1. 10:00 - Correct, Sue!

    2. Washington

    3. Lettuce

    4. Maitake mushroom

    5. Squirrel - Correct, Adam, Grace and Sue.

    Sue wins with 2 out of 5 correct.

  32. 1. I don't know
    2. I don't know
    3. I don't know
    4. Maitake?
    5. Squirrel

    Did I win a consolation prize? :-)

    Looks delicious as always Emiline, nice combo!!

  33. Hi Em, you have an award:

  34. Definitely the right choice to add the streusel. I could go a bowl for breakfast right about now. :)

  35. I got here too late to answer.....bummer

  36. mmmm this looks delicious! i love arborio rice in everything!!!! and i really like the cherry on top... guess everything is better with a cherry on top, huh?

  37. Yours is the second rice pudding I've read about today, sounding mighty tasty!

    I received Foodie Fight as a gift, it is a lot of fun! Cute idea to post some of the questions. I have to disqualify myself, to be fair :)

  38. i looove rice pudding. this is wicked that it's got streusel in it. oh no.. i'd totally have this for breakfast! yes please!

  39. Wow, freaky weather - be safe! The rice pudding looks delish! It is too late at night for my brain to work so I can't answer the q's.

  40. I love the idea of the cinnamon-cardamom streusel and I think that making the pudding with arborio rice was a brilliant move.

  41. I know number 5!! Squirrel! But that's the only one I know. You probably already posted the answered somewhere, though, so now everyone will think I'm cheating. Bah.

    Hail sucks. All it does is ruin things. Although my dogs really like it, because for some reason they like to eat and play with the ice. It's like they think it's manna.

  42. This game is sooo much fun to play! I love it. If you ever need to send someone a gift that is obsessed with the food network this it. It definitely makes for great housewarming gifts