Chai Rice Pudding with Caramelised Pears

Slow Cooker Chai Rice Pudding with Caramelised Pears
Slow Cooker Chai Rice Pudding with Caramelised Pears. Breville’s Searing Slow Cooker, $129.

Rice pudding is a cold weather favourite. This vegan version swaps the usual cream and milk for coconut cream and adds a subtle warming spiced flavour from David Jones Masala Chai. We used Breville’s Searing Slow Cooker.

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 2½ hours
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

600g canned coconut cream
1 cup (200g) arborio rice or other short-grain rice (see note)
90g caster sugar or golden caster sugar
¼ cup (60ml) strong-brewed David Jones Masala Chai
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Coconut cream, extra, to serve (optional)
Toasted coconut flakes, to serve

Caramelised pears

1 cup (220g) caster sugar or golden caster sugar
6 corella pears, halved and cored
Thinly peeled rind and juice of 1 orange and ½ lemon

METHOD

1. Place coconut cream, rice, sugar, chai, vanilla and ½ cup (125ml) water in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Use the MENU button to set the slow cooker to LOW SLOW COOK. Cover with the lid and select POWER/START. Slow-cook, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary to prevent the rice from drying out, until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed (about 2½ hours – see Note).

3
. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C fan-forced. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper and scatter sugar evenly over the base. Arrange pears cut-side down in a single layer in the pan, pressing lightly into the sugar. Stand for 1-2 mins before turning cut-side up. Scatter orange and lemon rind around the pears. Combine orange juice, lemon juice and 2 tbsp water in a bowl. Pour around the pears, avoiding the cut side of the fruit. Roast, turning and basting pears occasionally, until tender and caramelised (15-20 minutes). Keep warm.

5.
Divide rice pudding among serving bowls. Top with caramelised pear. Drizzle with pan juices and extra coconut cream, if desired. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and serve warm.

TIPS 
Note: Check the rice for doneness halfway through cooking – absorption rates vary depending on the brand.

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