Sunday, 15 December 2013

Quinoa Pudding with Orange Blossom Water, Persimmon and Pistachios

As easy as rice pudding (which is very easy if you have not made it before!).  But the quinoa makes it that much healthier than rice.  In this type of dish, the quinoa is very similar to tapioca; I hesitate to use the term gelatinous because that doesn't sound very appetizing, but it really is delicious; soft and chewy.

2 cups milk
1/3 cup 10% cream
1/4 cup white sugar
2/3 cup quinoa
Orange Blossom Water

Heat milk, cream and sugar just to a boil then reduce immediately to a simmer.  Add the quinoa.  Stir then top with the lid ajar.  Cook 30-40 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from heat and stir in 1 Tbsp orange blossom water or more to taste.  Let sit off the heat at least 10 minutes before serving.  It may continue to thicken, so add additional milk if you prefer a looser consistency.  It is equally good served warm or chilled.

Serve layered with sliced persimmon and chopped pistachios.

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