Horchata Risotto

I’m completely cookied out!  And cupcaked, and fudged (yeah – I totally made those words up because I’m cool like that)… I honestly don’t think I could even eat chocolate right about now.

Okay, that’s just a total lie right there.  I know that I could because I did like an hour ago.  And it’s quite possible that I ate some this afternoon as well…

I’m really ready for something a little different in the dessert department though, and this Horchata Risotto certainly fits the bill.  It has all the delicious flavors of Horchata in a nice smooth, creamy risotto.  What’s not to love?!

Horchata Risotto

4 tbs. butter
1 c. Arborio rice
1 – 3” Cinnamon stick
2 c. water
1 c. milk
¼ – ½ c. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. almond extract (optional)

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.

Add rice and cinnamon stick and stirring, cook for about 2 minutes.

Gradually add water 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until the liquid is fully absorbed before adding the next cup.

Stir in milk. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.

Once finished, stir in ¼ c. sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and almond extract and taste. If you want it a little sweeter, add up to ¼ c. more sugar. Serve immediately.

Hope you all have an incredible New Year’s Eve!

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  1. 1

    sounds awesome! this is exactly the thing that will make me ditch my diet 😉

  2. 2

    I’m all for creamy and sweetly spicy all wrapped up together! Nicely done!

  3. 3

    I love the texture of aborio rice whether it’s sweet or savory. This sounds wonderful…for dessert or breakfast.

  4. 4

    Yummy recipe! I totally understand the cookied out feeling! Lol! But I’ve always had a sweet tooth so I can manage to pop some in anyway ;-). Great recipe! Definitely a cure for the cookie coma!

  5. 5

    Yummmmm…..we could go for this right now! Happy holidays!

  6. 6

    Totally love this, Jen. I love risotto, it’s one of my favorite things to make but it has never occurred to me to make a sweet version. Happy new year!

  7. 7

    Jen this looks wonderful! I needed a little break from cookies & cake this weekend too. I hope you & your family had a great Christmas! Happy New Year!!

  8. 8

    I love horchata, so this risotto must be delicious!

  9. 9

    I am cookied and fudged out as well ;)! Something I can never pass up however is a bow of warm creamy rice pudding, and you have just reminded me it has been far too long since I have enjoyed some! I am loving all of the flavors in yours, it sounds amazing!

  10. 10

    Stunning! I knew as soon as I saw the post title that this would be amazing….as always! Happy New Year, Jen!

  11. 12

    Wow, this looks fabulously creamy! With the hint of cinnamon, I would absolutely love this dish!

  12. 13

    sound really yummy sweet version risotto :)

  13. 14

    Love the sweet risotto. : ) Have a wonderful, happy and blessed New Year!! All the very best to you in 2012!!! ~ Ramona

  14. 15

    Oh yummy! What a different dessert from all that I have had recently. Looks pretty too!

  15. 16

    This is a cross between a rice pudding and a risotto. Sounds delicious!!!

  16. 17

    I keep saying I am done with cookie and then I walk by a stash and grab one. I love sweet coconut rice at Indian restaurants. This looks very similar and super easy. I think it is a great change up from all of the holiday sweets without really giving up the sweets.

  17. 18

    Oh horchata is so amazingly delicious!! This would be so interesting to try in a risotto! Love it!

  18. 19

    I’m cookied/cupcaked out too and this recipe looks great! Happy New Year!

  19. 21

    What a great use for horchata–I bet this was absolutely delicious!

  20. 22

    Happy New Year Jen! I am such a fan of rice in all forms and I really love arborio rice. I love risotto and a sweeter form is so perfect for these cold months to come. Like a more delicate, creamier rice pudding! I have really enjoyed following your awesome blog over the past year and really am so grateful for your friendship and advice. I wish all good things for you and your family in the coming year! : )

  21. 24

    I’ve never had a sweet risotto! This looks so creamy and delicious!

  22. 25

    Oh, just LOVELY. I can almost smell that vanilla, cinnamon, and almond extract! Happy New Year!!!

  23. 26

    Woah! Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond! That’s totally my kind of meal! Love risotto and love this recipe. Happy New Year Jen! xo

  24. 27

    What a wonderful, soothing recipe after an eating a cooking whirlwind…..at least, that’s how it felt to me! :)

  25. 28

    Oh man this sounds good! I’ve never tried a sweet risotto but I’m sure its fantastic. Great recipe!

  26. 29

    Oh wow – what a creative risotto!

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