Crostata di riso (rice custard tart)
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This rice custard tart is a delicious combination of a creamy, vanilla-flecked rice pudding with a caramelised top all baked in a crisp shortbread crust. It's the perfect cure for the winter blues. Rosy-cheeked children returning home from the cold will be overjoyed at the sight of this belly-warming tart. I first spotted this tart while skiing in Valle d'Aosta and despite having a slice at lunch every day for a week, still needed to crack this recipe when I got home. It took several attempts to get the right texture - creamy enough to ooze just the right amount but firm enough to hold itself in a tart form. The top should caramelise nicely like a Portuguese natas tart. I hope you love it as much as we do. Enjoy!
Recipe type: Dessert (Dolci)
Cuisine: Inter-regional
Serves: 10
  1. Mix the butter and sugar well until combined and the colour has turned slightly lighter.
  2. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg, salt and lemon.
  3. Mix well until the egg yolks are emulsified. Mix the baking powder into the flour and combine well. Add the flour mixture to the butter and mix to combine. Be careful not to overmix the flour as you do not want to form gluten strands.
  4. Wrap in plastic and let it rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours up to 2 days.
Rice filling:
  1. Bring to a simmer the milk and single cream in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Add the rice and cook, stirring for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is soft. zest.
  3. Add the grated lemon and stir.
  4. Let cool.
  1. Heat 400 mls of the milk, sugar and vanilla bean with its seeds to 55 - 60C.
  2. Remove from the heat, remove the vanilla pod and strain the milk through a fine sieve.
  3. Separately, mix the egg yolks, cornstarch and rice flour in a bowl.
  4. Slowly whisk in the remaining 100 mls of cold milk into the egg mixture.
  5. Then slowly begin to add the hot milk mixture using a wooden spoon until well combined.
  6. In a double boiler, heat the mixture to 86C while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  7. A spoonful of custard dropped back on top should sit on top rather than sink back in. If not, keep stirring, being mindful to keep the temperature below 90C.
  8. Remove and cover with cling film until cool.
  1. Mix the custard with the rice to combine and allow to cool.
  2. Roll the pastry out and fill a greased tart tin. Prick the pastry all around with a fork.
  3. Pour the custard rice mixture into the tart shell.
  4. Sprinkle icing sugar over the top and back at 180C for 45 minutes until nicely caramelised on top.
Recipe by Living a Life in Colour at