Monday, June 15, 2009

Baked Vanilla Infused Peach Risotto

 Baked Vanilla Infusd Peach Risotto (04) by MeetaK

When things are up and down and the road does not quite take you where you had initially planned to go taking, time out to reassess your plan is usually a good idea. The weekend brought a lot of emotions and a bit of hectic. I feel like doing the ostrich and burying my head in the sand. Instead of unpacking, and re-organizing things, I spent my weekend baking, cooking and gardening. We had pretty much cleared away a lot of the plants, flowers etc. in our garden and it was looking bare. So instead of doing what was really necessary I did the unnecessary.


Tom was not impressed. While he put the shelves and closets up again I was in the kitchen baking or in the garden trying to take my mind off of things. I think the problem I am facing is that a final decision has not been taken yet. We are still uncertain of what the outcome will be. I really dislike the floating in the air without a path to follow – without moving forward. While alternatives are being discussed and one discussion follows another I am trying to bury my head deeper and deeper.

Baked Vanilla Infusd Peach Risotto (03) by MeetaK

The kitchen is my refuge. And old fashioned sweet desserts my comfort. My take on a basic classic rice pudding was adding beaten egg white to give it volume and fluffiness and slices of fresh peach to give it a taste of fruity summer. The result was a wonderful warm dessert with all the comforts of the classic rice pudding but the excitement of an innovative classy dessert.

Baked Vanilla Infusd Peach Risotto (collage) by MeetaK

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Baked Vanilla Infused Peach Risotto

Printable version of recipe here.

Ingredients

500 ml milk
125g risotto rice
20g + 30g + 30g sugar
1 vanilla bean, insides scraped
350g peaches, thinly sliced
2 egg whites
2 egg yolks
30g butter
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees C. Lightly butter 6 small or 1 large oven-proof dish(es).
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, bring milk, 20g sugar and the vanilla innards plus the bean to a boil. Add the risotto rice and covered allow the mixture to simmer gently for approx. 30 minutes. Stir often to ensure that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Allow to cool somewhat.
  3. Using an electric whisk, beat egg white and the pinch of salt in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle 30g sugar into the egg white and beat for a further minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk 30g butter, 30g sugar and the egg yolks until thick and creamy – approx. 5 minutes. Mix into the warm rice mixture.
  5. Gently fold in the egg whites and the peach slices into the mixture.
  6. Divide the mixture into the oven-proof dishes. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the mixture has set. Make sure that the baked risotto does not over cook in the oven as it will dry out. The end result should be a firm but creamy mixture.
  7. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm.
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Verdict

Baked Vanilla Infusd Peach Risotto (02) by MeetaK

Things can only get better – right? And we will get better. It might take a day or two longer but we’ll bounce back. In the meantime sometimes doing the unnecessary helps us to focus on the necessary and in this case it did. As we sat down and dipped our spoons into the warm creamy comfort of the baked risotto, ideas and plans started to pour out. The rich vanilla infused rice paired of with the fruity slices of soft peaches in a light and fluffy batter helped us to tackle the issues a little more lightly.

Nags over at Edible Garden is my gracious guest hostess for the Monthly Mingle this month. Her theme – Ravishing Rice prompted me to create this sweet treat. Hope you will join us!

More ravishing rice creations from WFLH:

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Sweet Spiced Risotto with Cherry Compote Risotto with Rucola & Bresaola South African Chicken Biryani

 


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40 comments :

  1. Sweet risotto? why not. It's a good idea! Thank you sharing...

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  2. That's an unusual risotto! Delicious looking! your pictures never seize to amaze me...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. What a clever risotto recipe. Sounds wonderful!

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  4. Oh Meeta! I so feel for you.

    Taking refuge in the kitchen has indeed made you come up with something beautiful. Love the recipe & LOVE these pictures.

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  5. A lovely take on a traditional risotto Meeta...delish. Hope things are slowly looking clearer...

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  6. I am so like that, too! It's so true that sometimes doing "random" things can help you later focus on what needs to be done. It drives me crazy when things start to veer off the path I think they're following. It's all fine after regrouping, but I definitely can identify with your feelings.

    Peach risotto looks amazing and springy! Ultimate comfort. :)

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  7. This was a very perfectly timed post... life has been emotional draining and I keep hoping that it will get better... soon... thank you... I also have peaches and vanilla beans... mmm... maybe this will help...

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  8. My mind has been blown!!! This looks and sounds totally amazing. And SUCH a fabulous idea!!!

    Sues

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  9. that's very unusual... but it is a great dessert. A great way to use seasonal fruits too :)

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  10. This sounds like a hectic day in my life....I hid in the kitchen to hubby's dismay!!! The dessert looks so delicious, I am sure all was forgiven!!

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  11. Unusual combination, a grt dessert!! love those gorgeous clicks!!

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  12. I think that's what we students call procrastinatin'! Ha ha ha. I'm just kidding-- I know even just thinking about the next step can be hard. In this case, the not-thinking actually turned out quite a bit of a comfort, didn't it? :)

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  13. I can so understand that you want to put your head in the sand! If there is one thing I hate is the not knowing part... It must be hard. But you certainly made the best out of it with this gorgeous dessert! Those photos are just truly amazing!

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  14. That's a different risotto, for sure! Looks delicious! Love your picures :)

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  15. This has to be the most off the charts risotto ever!! yum!!

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  16. Thanks everyone for the comments! I knew my foodie family would understand LOL! Yup this risotto is very different but works so well and a real comforting treat. hope you all enjoy it.

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  17. I have neve rmade risoto, love the idea of baked ones.
    Bookmarking this.
    I go crazy and super grumby when decessions are not made and things are just hanging in the air...........

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  18. What a fantastic way to serve risotto - love it...is like a baked rice pudding - yummy.. the pictures are beautiful.. Cheers Alissa

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  19. Risotto for dessert? It is the first time I see that, but it looks incredibly delicious!

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  20. You make all the dishes look so beautiful Meeta!!!!

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  21. Meeta I hope things resolve themselves for you in a positive way. This baked sweet rice pudding risotto is absoliutely fabulous!!I never thought of risotto sweet or baked before.WOW--my Grandmother used to make a baked sweet rice cake with raisins and cinnamin--her original recipe-no way I could duplicate it-(I tried)-this I will try and hope it comes out good. I am not too good when it comes to cooking rice!?

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  22. I have yet to try a sweet risotto, Meeta - this looks so good!

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  23. Hang in there, dear Meeta!! **hugs**

    Love the risotto, by the way ;-)

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  24. Some things need to be left alone for a certain time in order to allow the proper focus. Probably something like the camera: foreground works to bring different focus than the background.
    You are always doing the right thing when are taking care.
    Love the way this risotto drew everything together.
    Life will come together as well.
    Hugs.

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  25. Lovely-looking pud, Meeta!
    And I've just submitted my rice pudding for the Monthly Mingle - my first :)

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  26. You had me hooked with the title. It sounds delicious and comforting.

    I also like to cook when I'm feeling low. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something worth while. And it makes others happy.

    Hope you get your troubles worked out!

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  27. Sending positive thoughts your way! I hope things get resolved soon for the best.

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  28. You are proving that you are a perfect foodie everytime. And my mom is just like you. When there is a quarrel or a strong discussion at home she pauses in between comes back with some wonderful dish which would eventually turn the perspective and emtions up-side-down. The resumed conversations are always sweet and happy ;) Thats a perfect looking dessert Meeta! Wish you all good luck and am sure things are looking sunny at your side!

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  29. meeta your shots are so...bright! que lindo! and the little papery effects make me feel like i'm reading a Donna Hay mag. hehe.

    bisous!

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  30. Meeta, what a delicious and comforting dish, yet how elegant it looks! Love the idea of a peach risotto-- those flavors must be amazing.

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  31. Just lovely. I am sure Tom didn't mind eating this treat :) And I know what you mean about the kitchen being a refuge.

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  32. wow, the risotto looks ravishing as usual Meeta! wish it had some nuts in the recipe, then you could've sent this for the SHF-June event that I'm hosting this month:)

    I know what you mean by "indecissive moments"...its hard, and its irritating, but I'm sure things will get sorted out soon! till then, keep up the good work in your kitchen:)

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  33. Risotto with peach? Sounds and looks delicious, creamy, yummie...have to try. Lovely pictures as well.

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  34. i like risotto so much though i haven't heard of peach risotto but it sounds and looks delicious. definitely gonna try this. thanks for the recipe.

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  35. I really like the sound of a dessert peach risotto!

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  36. Wonderful comfort food! Love it!! Your photos are so beautiful, they really make one hungry!

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  37. yum, what a great idea. a sweet risotto! thanks for sharing, I just discovered your blog and am in awe at your beautiful pictures!

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