Short-grain Arborio rice makes this rice pudding extra-creamy. When paired with slightly sour broiled plums, it’s a comforting treat.
What to buy: We recommend using short-grain rice, specifically Arborio (which is best known for its use in risottos), because it releases its starch while it cooks, making for a very creamy pudding.
Game plan: Tying the orange zest and cinnamon stick together allows for easier removal later on. If you don’t have butcher’s twine, just put the cinnamon and orange straight into the pot and remove them with tongs or a fork before serving.
This recipe was featured as part of our Cooking with Summer Ingredients story.
Beverage pairing: Confit de la Colline, France. The sweet flavors of honey, flowers, and ripe pears and apples in this wine will be a nice complement to the plums and the gentle, grainy flavors of the pudding. The wine’s good acidity also helps lift a rich, creamy dish.