A typical Tuscan pastry: Budino di Riso
Named after its principal ingredient for the filling, the Budino di riso is a typical Tuscan pastry, specifically coming from Siena.
This little pastry, eaten mostly during breakfast and accompanied by a cup of cappuccino, makes everyone droll not only for its cute appearance but also for its flavour. If you are travelling in Italy, you will surely encounter this dessert all over Florence, so come and try it!
There is a good news! It’s easy to bake! Here’s below its recipe.
For the shortcrust pastry:
- 200gr superfine flour
- 100gr butter
- 100gr sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- grated lemon peel
For the filling:
- 1/2 lt milk
- 150gr rice
- 4 spoons sugar
- 4gr baking powder
- aroma (lemon or vanilla)
- powdered sugar
Suggestions before the start: the shortcrust pastry must rest for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator and the boiled rice must cool down. Calculate the needed time for the preparation of this dessert.
- Shortcrust pastry: Knead the cold butter with the flour. Add the other ingredients kneading all together quickly. When you obtain a compact mass, roll it up with the plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator.
- Filling: In a pot pour the milk. When it boils add the rice and the aroma (as you prefer grated lemon peel or vanilla). Mix continuously until the rice is totally cooked and there is no trace of milk. After obtaining a mass, add two spoons of sugar and let it cool down. Attention: If you don’t mix the rice, it will stick to the bottom of the pot and it has a burned flavour.
- Cream: Whip the egg white until stiff. Add the egg yolks, a pinch of salt, two spoons of sugar, baking powder and the stiff egg white into the mass of rice. Mix all together lightly.
- Roll the shortcrust pastry and form little circles using a cake tin. Put them in muffin stamps. Pour the mixture of rice and put the stamps into the oven at 170°C for about 30 minutes.
- When the little budino di riso are cooked, take them out of the oven and sprinkle the powdered sugar on the top!
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