Orange is the color that always makes me dream about autumn. And it’s a color that you either love or hate. Like autumn. A very moody season that some people love and others hate. I personally love autumn, because it’s a season of contrasts. Autumn makes nature’s heart beat slower and slower until it numbs her, but it does it in a very joyful and colorful way. You cannot really get upset with autumn when you think about all the wonderful colored leaves, the tasty pumpkins, the nice sunny days that make you still hope and dream about the lost summer and in my case, all the orange things by definition.
Beside autumn and its beautiful colors, I also love rice pudding. A lot. But because it’s a quite dull recipe to be posted on a blog, I took my magic wand, said abracadabra twice, put it nicely in some tart dough, added two oranges and voila! Nothing really special about it, but it’s a comfort food that also looks nice on top of everything.
250 g pâte brisé
125 g rice
400 ml milk
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or one vanilla pod)
Orange juice (from one orange)
1 orange for decorating
First, you will need to bake the tart shells until done (around 35 min) at 190°C.
Meanwhile, put the orange juice, the sugar and the vanilla extract in a saucepan with thick bottom at medium heat and bring it to the boiling point. Then add the rice and stir for a couple of minutes. Start adding the milk little by little, so that the rice is always covered by milk and cannot burn. Don’t forget to stir from time to time. You have to repeat this operation until the rice is ready. You can always add raisins or other dry fruits and leave it boil for another 5-10 minutes.
After filling the tart shells with the rice pudding, you can either leave them like this or bake them for another 15-20 minutes. This time I preferred to not bake them again, so I jumped directly to the final step: decorating. The orange slices should be peeled in order to handle them easier. You just have to be creative and use your imagination.
Now I have to admit this is by far the simplest and easiest recipe I’ve ever posted. But it can definitely still impress! So I finish my orange feast with a beautiful song and a video that always reminded me of autumn. Enjoy!