Rice Pudding
How pretty, how creamy: tofu rice pudding on a pine nut crust, topped with rhubarb and Thai basil. Photography by Lou Manna.


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Gourmet Tofu Recipe

Page 3: Tofu Pudding With Rhubarb, Pine Nuts & Thai Basil



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Tofu Pudding With Rhubarb, Pine Nuts & Thai Basil

This dish is  a modern rendition of a classic that shows how silken tofu can create a creamy dessert without dairy.


For The Rice Pudding

  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • 1-½ cups water
  • Silken Tofu2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 block soft (silken) tofu
  • ¼ vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Zest of ½ a lime
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sheets gelatin

For The Rhubarb

  • 1-½  cups rhubarb, sliced 3/16” thick
  • ½  cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-½ oz peeled ginger, cut into slices
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Crust

  • 1-½ cups pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Pinch of salt

Thai BasilGarnish

  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil, cut into ¼” squares

Thai basil has small leaves, purple stems and a subtle licorice or mint flavor. It has a more assertive taste than many other sweet basils. It is a different cultivar from Thai lemon basil. Photo of Thai basil by Risacher | Wikimedia Commons.


For the Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine pine nuts, agave nectar and  salt in a food processor.  Process until pine nuts are coarsely ground and they start to stick together.  
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment  paper and place six 3 ½” ring molds on the tray. Spray each mold with  non-stick spray. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the pine nut mixture into each mold and pack mixture firmly into an even layer. Bake at 350°F for about 5 minutes or until crusts are golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool completely to room temperature. Do not try to move crusts when they are hot—they will fall apart.

For the Rice Pudding  

  1. Wash rice until water runs clear and drain completely. In a heavy-bottomed pot, combine rice, water, sugar and salt. Stir well and  place over high heat. Bring rice to a full boil and then turn down to a  low simmer and cover for about 12-15 minutes.  Remove rice from heat and let steam for about 10 minutes. Transfer rice to a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.  
  2. Meanwhile, bloom the gelatin sheets in cold  water.  
  3. Combine tofu, agave nectar, vanilla bean seeds, lime zest and salt in a blender. Blend on high until completely smooth then transfer mixture to a bowl.  
  4. Heat gelatin in microwave until it melts and then  pour into tofu mixture and mix well to thoroughly incorporate. Add tofu mixture to cooled rice and mix well, making sure not to break up grains of rice. Place rice pudding mixture into a piping bag.
  5. Cut six strips of acetate into 12” pieces and spray on one side with non-stick spray. Place acetate strips into the 3 ½” ring molds with the oiled side facing in. Place ring molds on a sheet pan lined with lightly oiled  parchment paper. Pipe rice pudding mixture into ring molds to form an even ¾” thick layer. Refrigerate until completely cool.

For  The Rhubarb

  1. Combine lime juice, ginger, agave nectar, water and salt in  a blender and blend on high until ginger is completely puréed. Pass mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a sauce pot, pressing solids to completely extract liquid.  
  2. Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce to a  simmer for about 10 minutes.  
  3. Put the rhubarb into a heat proof bowl and pour the hot liquid over it. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cool.

To Assemble

  1. Carefully place a disc of rice pudding onto a pine nut crust, making sure that pudding is completely centered.  
  2. Remove ring mold from pudding, but leave acetate around pudding.  
  3. Place a couple spoonfuls of the drained rhubarb on top of the  pudding and spread into an even layer.  
  4. Top with Thai basil and serve.


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