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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

How to Froth Milk Without an Espresso Machine

I didn’t drink coffee until I lived in Miami and discovered Cuban coffee. Cuban coffee is a sweet espresso latte. It was a sad, sad day when I moved back to Ohio and couldn’t find it anywhere. I bought an espresso machine and learned how to make it myself.

I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to use the steam frothing spout on my espresso machine to froth the milk for my latte. 10 years later I still can’t figure it out.

I gave up on the steam spout and bought an electric frothing wand. I have an Aerolatte Milk Frother. It works great. It also mixes a mean glass of chocolate milk. Well, unless the batteries die which happens almost every time I want to use it.



Then I discovered I can heat and froth milk using a small jar in a microwave oven. This is my favorite way to froth milk. I usually by pass the espresso machine attachment and frothing wand and grab a jar from the cupboard when I make a latte or want a cup of warm milk in the evening. This method works with cow’s milk as well as soy/almond/rice/coconut milk although the alternative milks may not be as frothy as cow’s milk.



1. Pour a small amount of milk or cow’s milk substitute (almond/soy/rice milk) into a glass jar.

2. Microwave the milk for approximately 30 seconds to heat the milk. You don’t want to microwave the milk too long because the milk may overflow the jar and/or scorch if it gets too hot. Guess how I know?

3. Use the oven mitts or potholders to remove the hot jar from the microwave.

4. Put the lid on the jar and shake. You might want to wear the oven mitts while you shake the jar.

5. Remove the lid and behold! Instant frothy milk.

 
Ta da! Warm and foamy milk

Pour the milk into your espresso and spoon the foam on the top of your latte and enjoy!
 


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Comments

Christine said…
GENIUS!!!!!! I sooo need to try this!! Great tip!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
I did this just now--thanks for sharing, yummy! Warm milk makes the coffee much better!
Theresa said…
This is how I make chai lattes at home. Best ever! I have plenty of mason jars, and it beats looking for/figuring out/getting fancy equipment to work.
Your coffee looks so comforting (especially in winter!)
Priya said…
That is a great trick!!!
Toodie said…
I can do that! LOL!