Coconut Rice Pudding with Gingered Asian Pears
- 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
- 4 cups half-and-half
- 1 can (14 fl. oz.) unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Asian pears
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Place the coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until fragrant and golden, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
When ready to serve, peel, halve and core the Asian pears, then cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Place the pears in a bowl, add the ginger and brown sugar and toss gently to coat.
Stir the remaining 1/2 cup half-and-half into the rice pudding. Spoon the pudding into bowls, top with the pears and sprinkle with the toasted coconut flakes. Serve immediately. Serves 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Desserts, by Raquel Pelzel (Oxmoor House, 2008).