For the pudding:
- 6 cups water
- 1 and 1/2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cups plain non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup vegan sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- 1 and 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons vegan sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2. Return the rice and the cinnamon stick to the pan, and add the milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and ground cinnamon. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently; the pudding should be thick by the end. Discard the cinnamon stick. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
4. While the pudding simmers, prepare the sauce: combine the dried cherries in a saucepan with 1 and 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
5. Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and the cornstarch. Add to the cherry sauce and bring to a boil; cook for a final minute or so, until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.
Divide the pudding evenly among 8 dessert bowls, and top evenly with the sauce.
8 servings (3/4 cup pudding, about 2 and 1/2 tablespoons sauce), Calories 290
My new favorite rice pudding. The sauce tasted like a not-too-sweet cherry pie filling, and the rice pudding was cooked to perfection - tender, and creamy, but not mushy. I loved the hints of cinnamon.
Update: I liked the pudding chilled the next day even better, so go ahead and prepare in advance. I'm still withholding a "5" rating, however, because the strong cherry flavor detracted from my favorite part: the cinnamon, mmmm. Next time I'll skip the almond extract in the cherry sauce and use ground cinnamon or cinnamon extract instead.