Rice pudding with Caramelised Banana & Fresh Passionfruit
Be warned – this is a rich and creamy dessert! At the same time it’s not too sweet. Kafir lime gives a herbaceous note, and fresh passionfruit gives a lively zingy freshness. Yum!
- For the rice pudding:
- 2/3 cup sushi rice or arborio rice (or short grain white rice)
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 Tbsp grated palm sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 kafir lime leaf
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped and pod thrown into the mix
- For the bananas:
- 1 large banana, not too ripe
- 2 Tbsp caster sugar
- to finish and serve:
- 1 cup (250g) coconut cream
- 4 passionfruit, halved and flesh/seeds removed
- ¼ bunch mint leaves, very finely julienned
1. For the rice pudding, place rice, cold water, palm sugar, kafir lime leaves, star anise and vanilla into a rice cooker and steam until tender. Alternatively, place in a heavy based saucepan on medium heat, bring to a simmer, cook for 5 minutes, then place a well fitting lid on top and turn off heat – leaving it to steam gently for 20 minutes or until tender. Keep warm.
2. For the banana, peel and slice the banana into 1.5cm thick rounds. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and sprinkle with caster sugar. Heat your grill element to as high as possible and until caramelised.
3. To finish the pudding, warm the coconut cream in a pot until hot. Fish out the vanilla pod, star anise and kafir lime leaf from the rice. Stir the hot coconut cream through the rice, until it’s combined and creamy, without making it mushy.
4. Serve in bowls topped with caramelised banana, passionfruit pulp and finely julienned mint leaves.