Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Black Cherry Sauce

Posted by | December 14, 2015 | Della Rice Stir Recipes | No Comments

This festive dessert is perfect for holiday entertaining! The simple, layered presentation is absolutely beautiful and will most certainly impress your guests. We recommend individual serving sizes so you can have one all to yourself! Trust us—you won’t want to share 😉


The tart black cherry sauce is a wonderful contrast to the creamy rice pudding texture. We love using real vanilla bean seeds because they really bring out the rich vanilla flavor. Don’t be thrown off by the addition of the extra whipping cream. It gives this rice pudding a double dose of creaminess!


1 cup Della Arborio Rice

½ cup water

1 ¼ cups Whole Milk

2 Vanilla Beans, whole, cut in half and seeds scraped

Heavy Whipping Cream

2 tbsp. Sugar

Top with:

Almond slivers

Black Cherry Sauce (bought or homemade)


Stir Instructions:

Bring Della Arborio rice and water to a boil. Let boil for about 1 min. Add the milk and vanilla seeds (for additional vanilla flavor you may also throw the pods in, just make sure to remove them when the pudding is done!). Bring to a boil once more. Stir, cover, and turn the heat to low. Cook for about 35 min. When the pudding has reached a desired consistency, remove the vanilla pods, and let cool.

In a separate bowl beat the heavy cream and sugar into a whipping cream consistency. Add the whipping cream to the fully cooled rice pudding. Make sure it is evenly mixed. Layer the rice pudding and cherry sauce. Top with sliced almonds. Serve chilled. Yummy!

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