Sunday, 29 April 2012

Red Wine Rice Cake

I love cooking with alcohol.  A dash of white wine as you're grilling your fish, a dash of red wine as you're panfrying your steak, a dash of rum as you're mixing the batter for your cake -- it does miracles.
If you haven't yet, go watch Two Greedy Italians -- a wonderful program about two cute old Italian men travelling and eating around Italy.  In the Calabria episode, they made an orange rice cake. Mmm I was too curious, so I had to make my own version of it.  Oh they also made a sweet blood pudding made with flour, cocoa, sugar and pig blood.  Curious. Yes.

Oh and this cake gets better the next day.  Wait if you can and eat it the next day, or even the day after.

200g arborio rice
175g caster sugar
400ml milk
300ml dry red wine
1 cinnamon stick
5 eggs, separated
a dash of rum

Heat the milk, cinnamon stick, sugar and wine together in a pot.  When it begins to boil, turn the heat down to low, pour in the rice, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Leave to cool
Preheat the oven to 180C.  Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Whisk the yolks in a separate bowl with a dash of rum or whatever liquore you have at hand.  Stir in the cooled rice, then gently fold in the egg whites.  Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for about 40 minutes

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