Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Riisipuuro - Finnish rice pudding

This Christmas was a bit different than all the others. It was more simple and more quiet.
We wanted to celebrate with both Finnish food at Christmas Eve and Italian food on the 25th.

So on the 24th, the morning started with the traditional Finnish Christmas breakfast: riisipuuro, aka rice porridge (or rice pudding) cooked in milk, of which you will find the recipe below. It's usually served with some butter (like in the photo) or sprinkled with cinnamon. I prefer the butter version :P



During the day I baked more Christmas tarts, but used apple jam instead of the traditional plum jam.



The dinner was a big meal! For only two people, it was an impressive amount of food. So much that not all of it would fit in the picture (and on the table)...

So we had ham, 3 different kinds of salmon, karelian pies, mushroom salad, turnip and carrot casseroles (not in pic), boiled potatoes (not in pic), cream sauce (not in pic), lihahyytelö (meat in gelatin), then different types of chocolate for dessert.





After dinner we had warm glögi, which is mulled wine. And we opened our presents! :)

So here's the recipe for the riisipuuro.

Ingredients (serves 3-4):
  • 2 dl water
  • 2 dl rice for porridge
  • 1 liter milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:
Bring water to boil in a pot and add the rice. Let it boil for few minutes until the rice has absorbed a little the water, then pour the milk.
Cook at low flame covered with lid stirring from time to time for about 40 minutes. Add salt up to taste.
Serve warm with a knob of butter or cinnamon powder.


Merry Christmas to all of you!

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