Thursday, April 5, 2012

meyer lemon pistachio rice pudding



this is a calm space today.

i'm meditating.

and i'm sorry for shushing you.

some people lay on the floor, or revert into child's pose. i make rice pudding.

making rice pudding is therapeutic.

there's no vigorous whisking. the stirring is calm. i'm totally calm.

everything is quiet and romantic.

ah tranquility, it can be hard to come by.

meyer lemon pistachio rice pudding is so perfect for spring i can't stand it.

except that i can. i really really can.

wait, i'm getting worked up. i'm supposed to be relaxed.

40 minutes of gentle stirring, watching rice and milk slowly transform.

into pudding, beautiful pudding!

thick and creamy, comforting and calm.

i'll be hyper and freakish tomorrow. but today, eat and shush.

Lemon Pistachio Rice Pudding
adapted from smitten kitchen

1/2 cup arborio rice
4 cups milk
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split
zest of a lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup pistachio nuts

in a large saucepan, place all the ingredients except the lemon juice and pistachios. bring it to a gentle boil and then turn it down to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan, about 30-40 minutes. taste to check for doneness, the rice should be very soft and plump. 
take the pudding off the heat and stir in lemon juice. stir in some chopped pistachio nuts and sprinkle the rest on top. can serve warm immediately or chilled. i like this one chilled. 


  1. Hi! This is an amazing dessert! I made a dessert like today is really tasty, and make rice pudding is really therapeutic.

  2. Yum! This looks incredible! I'm picky about rice pudding, but this looks fabulous!

  3. have lulled me into a catatonic state and I am reaching for your luscious cup of that creamy rice pudding! Good job! I'm shushed :)

  4. Hello! I made this yesterday (without the pistachios due to a nut allergy...) and it was wonderful! We ate it warm yesterday and finished it cold today. Both were great but I have to agree, chilled is best. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. oh splendid, glad you liked it!

  6. This is just beautiful, the post and the pudding. I've also found making rice pudding to be the best form of therapy. Thank you for taking the words out of my mouth and sharing this delightful recipe. I hope to be making it soon.

  7. I love rice pudding but always thought it would be so hard to make!

  8. I had no idea that making lemon cake pudding was so easy! I will have to try this out soon!

  9. Tried this recipe and it is soo tasty. Perfect and easy, I've never made rice pudding before and I nailed it!

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