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Ris à la Mande, The Danish Christmas Dessert

Ris a la mande

If you are looking for something a little different then you really need to try this recipe. It’s a Danish traditional dessert that looks totally YUMMY!! The cooking blog, Savoury Chicks, has the full low down on how to make it.

Despite the pseudo-French name (intended to mean “Rice with almonds” – it’s also sometimes spelled Ris à l’amande or Risalamande), this dessert is a 100% Danish recipe. For well over a century, it has been a Danish Christmas tradition, frequently consumed during December – and it is invariably served as dessert on Christmas Eve. Among the customs that surround this Christmas tradition is the mandelgave (Danish: “almond gift”): The host or hostess, who prepares the dish, adds one whole almond to the bowl, and stirs it in. Whoever finds the almond in his helping is then rewarded with a small gift, usually candy or the like. If adults and young children are mixed at the table, it is traditional for an adult who gets it to attempt to surreptitiously slip the almond to the nearest child.

What you will need to make Ris à la Mande

  • ½ cup (125 g) short grain rice
  • 4 cups (1 l) milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • ⅔ cups (150-180 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (1/2 l) whipped cream
  • 1 or 2 handful of almonds, blanched and chopped into slivers(except for one almond, which is added whole)
  • cherry sauce (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 small present (optional, but highly recommended)

For the full set of instructions, head over to Savoury Chicks – Ris à la Mande. Would you consider making this for the big day?

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