This version of rice pudding is made on the stovetop, and is essentially a sweet risotto. Add as much warm milk as you need during the final cooking stages to achieve a consistency you like.
- 5 cups skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 cup Arborio rice
- 1/4 cup Champagne or white grape juice
- 1 tablespoon Demerara sugar or raw sugar
In a saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat to low to keep the mixture warm.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the Champagne and cook, stirring until the liquid is absorbed. Ladle the milk into the rice 1/2 cup at a time, stirring with each new addition, about 35 minutes.
Remove from the stove and stir in the remaining milk, if desired, to achieve a creamier consistency. Divide among dessert bowls and sprinkle with the Demerara sugar.