Arroz doce brûlée (rice pudding brûlée)
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Arroz doce brûlée (rice pudding brûlée)

Recipe By J’Something
Photographs By Craig Fraser


1 cup water
3 cups milk (only fresh full-cream)
rind of 1 lemon
pinch salt
1 cup Arborio rice
1 cup white sugar
yolk of 1 large egg
cinnamon sugar (to be brûléed)

When you start dating a Portuguese guy you realise very soon that anything that’s Portuguese is the best version, from prawns to chicken and even desserts. I was convinced my grandmother’s arroz doce was the best I had ever had and that no one could make it any better. That was until Coco took an old family favourite and added an element of my favourite dessert: a crème brûlée.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Bring the water and milk to a boil, along with the lemon rind and salt, on medium high.
  2. Add the rice and stir. Then turn the heat down to just above the lowest setting, and cover the pot, but stir occasionally.
  3. Most of the liquid should have evaporated after 20–25 minutes, but remember to test the rice to see that it is tender.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, add the sugar and stir.
  5. The mixture will become a little more liquid again, but continue cooking on low for another 5–10 minutes, stirring more frequently.
  6. Once most of the liquid has once again been absorbed into the rice, add the egg yolk, stirring vigorously.
  7. Pour into individual ramekins and allow to cool completely in the fridge.
  8. Before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and then brûlée.

About the Author

Portugal born Joao Da Fonseca, a.k.a. J’Something, is known to millions of fans for his award winning hits as the lead singer and song writer of South African band Mi Casa.

J’Something has won multiple awards with Mi Casa, including 8 number 1 singles and 5 SAMA awards. They have hosted countless sold out shows in 31 African countries as well as in Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Italy, and Canada. In 2014 his passion for food and drink came to the fore culminating in two shows; Something’s Food & Drink and What’s for Dinner that reached over 18 000 000 viewers across South Africa in two years.

Currently together with David Higgs he hosts and judges the smash-hit My Kitchen Rules South Africa on MNet prime time. When not performing, J’Something can be found at Something’s Cooking by J, his first restaurant. The future is looking sweet for this humble, passionate, talented and creative mastermind.

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