January’s Daring Cooks’ challenge was a ball! The lovely Manu from Manu’s Menu brought our taste buds to the streets of Sicily and taught us her family tradition of making arancine – filled and fried balls of risotto. Delizioso!
My first challenge as a member of the Daring Kitchen was the risotto challenge. I loved it, and I was hooked. Back then, a few of the Cooks mentioned making arancini/arancine from the leftover risotto. This sounded really cool. Well, here we are a few years later with Manu hosting an arancine challenge! Yay!
While arancine, filled and fried balls of risotto, are usually a savory dish, anyone who has met me, either in person or through the blog, knows that I will take any opportunity to make dessert versions of things. So that is what I did.
I started by toasting my rice in margarine, with a touch of brown sugar:
Then I made my "stock," vanilla soy milk, water to thin it, a bit of sugar, a bit of cinnamon:
Then cook the risotto to creamy yumminess:
I promise, a "real," savory version was planned, and will be made at some point. But I loved making these, and while they take a bit of work (one of my few Yiddish words - these are a "patchke" to make!), they will be made again!
Check out what my fellow Daring Cooks created this month!