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Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Cornflakes and Milk Crumbs

Among sweetened rice based desserts, our version of the rice pudding breaks from the traditional. Combining the best aspects of both baked custard and rice pudding, our baked tres leches rice pudding marries the tenderness of custard and the springy disposition of the rice. This dish displays all the hidden facets of milk: its slight sweetness and light creaminess. In contrast with the soft custard, the milk crumb and cornflakes provide a gamut of textures while enhancing the flavor of the custard itself. Seemingly intimidating and highly technical, our recipe can be easily replicated at home—not to mention, it looks stunning!

Baked Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Cornflakes and Milk Crumbs

Yield: 4–6 servings
Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes (20 min prep / 1 hr baking)


Ingredients:

baked tres leches rice pudding

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup short-grain rice or sticky rice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup rum or brandy
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • butter, for greasing pan
  • corn flakes, for garnish

milk crumb

  • ¾ cup instant milk powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup white chocolate, melted

Sweet milk glaze

  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon

Procedure: Milk Crumb

  1. Preheat oven to 250˚C.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup of milk powder, flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the butter and stir with spatula until the mixture forms small lumps. Spread the crumbs onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10–15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  4. Return the crumbs to a bowl, toss with the remaining ¼ cup dry milk until evenly coated. Pour the white chocolate over the crumbs, keep tossing until the chocolate is cooled comepletely and is no longer sticky.

Procedure: Baked Tres Leches Rice Pudding

  1. Prepare a 9-inch pan or pie dish by greasing well with butter.
  2. Cook the rice with the salt in boiling water, as you would cook pasta. Remove after about 10 minutes, the rice should be al dente.
  3. In another pot, mix the cream, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Cook over low heat until fully incorporated. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, rum, vanilla, and a pinch of salt until combined. Add the warmed milk and rice.
  5. Pour the custard into the prepared pan. The rice should settle evenly along the bottom.
  6. Bake at 180˚C for about 50–60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
  7. Remove and let cool in the pan. Serve cold or at room temperature and store any leftovers in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap. Baked custard must be consumed within three days.

Procedure: Sweet Milk Glaze

Combine the cream, condensed milk, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined.

Procedure: Assembly

At this point, you should have completed all the procedures for the components listed above: the baked tres leches rice pudding, milk crumbs, sweet milk glaze, and garnishes.

completed component portions

  • 4–6 rounds of baked rice pudding
  • ½ cup milk crumbs
  • ½ cup sweet milk glaze
  • ¼ corn flakes, for garnish

assembling everything together

  1. Place your cut baked rice pudding on your serving plate.
  2. Carefully spoon over around 2 tablespoons of the sweet milk glaze and spread evenly over the rice pudding.
  3. Scatter and arrange the milk crumbs and corn flakes on top. Serve immediately.

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Make It Fresh: Melon Pan

Make it Fresh is a Tablecrafter series that features great recipes that you can recreate at home.


Popular in many countries, particularly in Asia and Latin America, the sweet melon pan captures more hearts by the minute. Not necessarily melon flavored, its name can be attributed to its resemblance to a melon. Although the bun has a various flavorings, from actual melon to being filled with custard. Simultaneously sweet, crisp, and fluffy the bun triumphs in textural variety. Savour each crumb of this bun at home by making yourself a batch. 

Melon Pan

Yield: 16 servings
Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (2 hours and 30 min prep / 15 min baking)


Ingredients:

bread dough

  • 300g bread flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp instant dry yeast

cookie dough

  • 120g all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • sugar, for sprinkling

Procedure: Bread Dough

  1. Combine the yeast, milk, and sugar in a small bowl or jug and cover. Set aside for 5 minutes then stir in the egg.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in a stand up mixer with the hook attachment.
  3. Add the liquid mixture and stir to form a soft dough, knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  4. Transfer the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Set aside in a warm place to proof for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Procedure: Cookie Dough

  1. Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and creamy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla essence, mix until throroughly combines. Fold through the flour and baking powder.
  3. Roll into a log and chill for 25 minutes.

Procedure: Assembly

  1. While the cookie dough is setting, divide the bread dough into 8 equal parts and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll out the chilled cookie dough to 5mm thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out 3 inch wide cookies. 
  4. Once all the bread dough has been kneaded and the cookie dough has been rolled out and cut, place the cookie dough on the divided bread dough and wrap together.
  5. Score the cookie dough surface diagonally and roll on the granulated sugar. Repeat for all bread rolls.
  6. Place the prepared bread rolls on a lined oven tray and set aside for about 10 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

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