Monday, October 8, 2012

SRC October: Zesty Sicilian Rice Fritters

It's Reveal Day for the Secret Recipe Club Group A!  My favorite day of the month!

This month I had the pleasure to be assigned the blog Recipe Taster.  I was unfamiliar with Al's blog, but quickly fell in love with it.  Al presents food in a sophisticated and artistic way - every plate, I am mesmerized by the artistry and creativity that unfolds.  And not to mention my mouth just completely waters at every sight!

I was really craving something new and sweet, so when I saw these rice fritters, I knew I had found my match!  It's basically little balls of sweet and delicious rice pudding, deep fried, and drizzled with a delicious orange honey sauce.  Yeah, I had to work out extra hard after having quite a few of these babies! 

Recipe adapted from Recipe Taster's blog


150g short grain rice, as for rice pudding
400g milk
150g cream
zest from 1 orange
zest from 1 lemon
3 & 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder 
Vegetable oil, for frying

Honey sauce:

6 tablespoons honey
juice of 1 orange
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a simmer.  Stir in the orange zest, lemon zest, rice, and sugar.  Bring back to a simmer, stirring every now and then.  Cover with a lid and turn the flame to low.

Stir the rice pudding occasionally to be sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.  This will become particularly important toward the end of the cooking process when the pudding will become thicker. If the pudding becomes too dry before the rice is cooked, add extra milk.

The rice is cooked when the pudding looks quite dry and thick. Turn off the heat and let it come to room temperature, stirring it every now and then.

In a separate bowl beat the egg with a fork and mix in the cold rice pudding a little at a time, breaking all the clumps.

In a deep enough pot, bring 1inch of vegetable oil up to frying temperature (180C should suffice). When the oil is almost ready, stir the baking powder into the rice mix. Using two spoons scoop some of the rice batter and shape it into quenelles or little balls.

Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.  Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. 

To make the sauce, combine the honey, orange juice, and cinnamon in a small saucepan under medium heat.  Stir until flavors meld together, about 3-5 minutes.

Drizzle sauce on top of fritters and dust with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!

Thanks Al for this sweet and tasty treat!

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  1. These look fingerlicking! They look almost like chicken wings ;-)

  2. Wow, these sound delicious!! Great pick for this month!

  3. I would enjoy each one of those fritters. What will everyone else eat? They really look great. :)

  4. I'm not a rice pudding lover but wow, I am wanting to try rice fritters, they look amazingly delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.

  5. These fritters are my all-time favorite use of sweet rice pudding and orange zest!!! I tend not to cook them so often cause I can definitely shovel them down by the dozen! lol :D
    Glad you appreciated them too :)

  6. Oh my goodness! These look amazing. I've had savoury rice fritters before, but this sweet rice-pudding version sounds even better... I think I'd probably eat a whole batch on my own if I could. :)

  7. This recipe looks fantastic! Love the idea of rice fritters - looks so tasty. :)

  8. Never had rice fritters before but since I love rice pudding, I'll have to give these a try soon! Great SRC pick :-)

  9. I've had savory rice fritters before, but never a sweet version. Yes, please!!!

  10. These fritters are delicious, you know that I have a weakness towards the fritters.

  11. Oh, these look amazing. Fried with syrup. Oh, yeah!!

  12. I know I can have the whole plate to myself. Finger licking good! Yummmmmm

  13. Beautiful fritters, I have never tried anything like that. Definitely need to make this recipes :-). Great SRC pick!

  14. Wow your fritters look great! I haven't ever made fritters before, but this recipe looks delish!

  15. What a cool idea! I've never even thought of frying bread pudding!

  16. Ooh, these look so good. Total comfort food! My husband loves rice pudding and anything fried, so he would love this too!

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