Kokomo Toasted Coconut & Lime Rice Pudding


My parents recently returned from a trip to Florida, and I have to say, I'm pretty jealous. It's freezing and I'm sick of the cold and snow. I'd love to visit sunny Florida this time of year, especially Miami and Key West. For the weather, but mostly for the food. Cuban food. Caribbean food. Mojitos, mojo, tostones, yuca, jerk chicken, coconut shrimp, key lime pie. Ohhh yeahhh. I've changed my mind; I'm switching the food bloggers' convention to Key West. Let's schedule it two weeks from today. I'll meet you on the beach. That's not vague at all.
I'll be wearing THIS and drinking a pina colada.



My parents had some good food, but do you know what the highlight of their trip was? And what I got very excited about? They flew home on the same flight as Craig Robinson, also known as "Darryl" from the Office. Or you might know him from Pineapple Express and Zach and Miri Make a Porno. He is a very funny guy and I'm a huge fan of the Office.



So anyway, I thought that was cool. It has nothing to do with food, but I don't care.

Craving flavors from the Caribbean, I decided to make rice pudding. This is my last rice pudding post for a while, I promise. This one incorporates toasted coconut, lime zest and vanilla for a light and refreshing tropical dessert

Click on the video.. you know you want to. Do it.
You get to see Tom Cruise and old Beach Boys.




Kokomo Toasted Coconut & Lime Rice Pudding

2 cups milk
1/3 cup arborio rice, uncooked
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Combine milk, rice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft and thickened. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and lime zest until combined. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating until cold, about 1-2 hours.

Place coconut in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until toasted and fragrant. Sprinkle desired amount of coconut over rice pudding and serve.

Makes 4 servings


51 comments:

  1. It is snowing like crazy outside - you are so on for FL! Around here, we like to crank the heat and open cold coronas and pretend it isn't freakin' freezin' outside. This pudding looks like just the thing to jolt us out of the winter blues.

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  2. I can't belive! We have the same swimsuit! Mine is in yellow though... Lovely tropical flavours to put in a rice pudding!

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  3. Oh does that pudding sound good. What a great way to flavor up rice pudding. Florida sounds great right now. We have a ton of snow here so getting away sounds good.

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  4. Yum! Great flavours in that rice pudding Emiline...that toasted coconut is the perfect touch!

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  5. "You put the lime in the coconut...."

    Okay, I'm done :-) Love that rice pudding!!!

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  6. as much as i love rice pudding, i'll take the beach, or kokomo instead :)

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  7. I did play the video :D. Love that kind of music, the beach, the heat, piña colada... and Tom Cruise ;D

    Your pictures are amazing Emily, and the Lime Rice Pudding sounds superb!!!

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  8. Why do we have to wait TWO weeks for our bloggers retreat? As soon as the blizzard stops, let's go!!! And you better bring some of that slammin' rice pudding.

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  9. I am totally on board with that convention idea! Checking flight info now...

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  10. yum!!! that sounds delicious! i love cuban food, too... and mojitos. mmm. with real sugar cane. and are you making fun of my new bathing suit?! i have that in every color!! ;)

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  11. Today it wasn t that cold here it was pretty hot. This rice pudding looks very inviting. Nice flavours :)

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  12. MMMMM... you have done it again,...this dessert looks so appetizing!!

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  13. That looks so delicious! LOVE coconut and rice pudding, and I bet the lime zest is just perfect in there. Great way to take our minds off this crappy snowy weather!

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  14. Another rice pudding recipe...I just might have to break down and finally try it. It sounds greats...lime + coconut = YUM.

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  15. Well, I have to admit I like the cold. And a good thing too considering I'm in Boston. Heh. But that pudding looks awesome, I love toasted coconut. And I'd still go to a convention in Fl. ;)

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  16. A beach and sunshine sounds good right about now...your lime and coconut rice pudding should help prolong the dream until it becomes a reality. ;-)

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  17. This really sounds good Emily. The only rice pudding I've ever made is my grandmother's Portuguese Rice Pudding, but yours sounds so refreshing and different I'm going to give it a try!

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  18. Craig Robinson AND The beach boys AND a super hot new beach trend that I can ROCK without feeling fat.

    I love you, Em.

    PS- did you ever see that episode of Full House where they all went to Hawaii and the beach boys guest starred and they played Kokomo with Uncle Jessie on the drums?

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  19. Emily don't do it....yes, they wear some crazy things on the beaches here especially key west but the craziness is from the lack of clothing not from being over dressed in a purple-y thingie. LOL!

    Your pudding sounds and looks good especially that yummy toasted coconut on top!
    ~ingrid

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  20. Mmmm that sounds so excellent!

    And I love that guy too!

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  21. I love Craig Robinson! He's hysterical. Yay for celbrity sightings!!

    Seriously, I think lime and coconut were made to be married. They are soooo good, and this rice pudding looks so perfect. Oh man, I could use a bowl of this right now.

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  22. I live for The Office...and coconut...and fiber...and I probably say that all the time. This is your best post yet!

    Lol, j/k but you hit some awesome points

    NAOmni

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  23. Oh My God!! this is really nice Emily, look so tasty and nice.!!Gloria

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  24. Love your outfit! The purple will look great on you :)
    I'd love some of that rice pudding, right about now. How about shipping me some?

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  25. Ah shoot, why didn't they take you with them?? How mean.

    If you're a huge fan of the Office, you'd be jealous of me. I get to hang out near Steve Carell's family in the summertime. They have a house two doors down from our beach house! It's pretty cool.

    I'm not a huge fan of rice pudding, but somehow you made it look pretty darn good.

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  26. yeah...I'm pretty tired of the snow myself, but I never get tired of rice pudding :D. Nice suit! lol

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  27. Okay, this post officially made me want to go on vacation!

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  28. "Off the Florida keys...." great, now the fricken Beach Boys are playing in my head. Not a fan of rice pudding, but hand me a mojito Marge, and we'll be best buds! The snow is getting old and I would really like to not have purple, freezing toes every day of my life. I have a place I can stay for free, but it is by Tampa......

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  29. I am loving this! Make me a mojito and I am there!

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  30. Oh yum! Love the name and the look of this rice pudding. It's gotta be still one of the best desserts around.

    Let's get out of here emily! I'll meet you in key west. I love it down there. Thought about you the other day by the way, when i went to have dinner at Spice market.

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  31. I just came back from Florida yesterday and your post and yummy treat are reminding me of sunshine & palm trees!

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  32. Way down in Kokomo indeed. I have some body lotion that is coconut-lime scented, and I always want to taste just a little to find out. I don't have pica or anything, I just like lotions that smell like rice pudding.

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  33. I love rice pudding, I love coconut and lime - perfect dessert for me. Could substitute this for lunch :)

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  34. You're making me long for Florida, and summer has only just finished here! I used to love (well, still love) the Beach Boys Kokomo song. A wonderful tropical pudding, sure to bring some summer into anyone's life.

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  35. daryl is such an underused character--i enjoy his every line.
    great pudding, obviously. coconut rules. :)

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  36. I'll be back in FL in 33 days- come to my place, and we'll go to the beach, drink margeritas, and then gorge ourselves on Puerto Rican and Cuban food. Awww, yeah!

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  37. My husband is obsessed with rice pudding. I'll have to make this as a surprise for him. He will be shocked since I just can't make myself eat it. I'm all excited to surprise him now!!

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  38. You rice pudding looks very inviting. I loved Pineapple express!!! I laughed my buns off!!

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  39. Bonjour Emeline!

    Haven't visited you for a while, but I love the sound of this rice pudding, I also happen to have limes and coconut in the house...might give it a try, sounds delicious!

    Oh and that video brought me back 20 years ago or so, at a time when I still liked Tom Cruise...ha!

    I like your humour!

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  40. That looks fantastic Emily even the purple dress thing!

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  41. I'm telling you--when you move to NYC we'll be best friends ;). You crack me up. I, too, love the Office-I saw BJ Novak and Oscar Nunez both in the same week not long ago.
    And the Beach Boys...ah, I listened to that song on repeat (on a tape that I had to rewind over and over and over again) for years as a child.

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  42. MMMM...I've never even tasted rice pudding but that looks yummy.

    And I'm chiming in from Florida, don't hate me. ;)

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  43. I am craving warm weather, this dessert will certainly help!! Looks awesome!

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  44. I'll be at that Key West convention pronto! I've been wanting to go there for years.

    Your rice pudding with all of those great flavors is about as close as I'm going to get though.

    I won't go so crazy to wear the burkhini in Key West. I think I'll be really daring and wear something like this.http://www.wholesomewear.com/page-4.html I'm such a hussy!

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  45. Lime is one of my favorite flavors, and the fatty taste (is that a taste?) of coconut seems like a great accompaniment.

    One question: how are your recipes so simple?!

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  46. I've been thinking about rice pudding for the last few days. I'm sorry, I just want a plain old rice pud, though I must admit yours looks fab.

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  47. Making this soon.

    LOVE Darryl, and he seems to be a lot more present in this season and the last one since he's no longer in the warehouse. He is so funny.

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  48. mouth-watering. right now. for reallss. rice pudding is such a favorite of mine!

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