Just made cauliflower rice pudding. It was TERRIBLE. suggestions?



Scott April 12, 2018
I noticed that- I was just interested if it was a flavor problem, a cooking problem, or just a bad idea.

I can commiserate with your issues with sciatica- it can be terrible at times...
Sasha N. April 12, 2018
Hello, I note this is a 5 year old thread so everyone has probs long forgotten about it. I just tried cauliflower rice pudding and it was fab.
I used frozen cauliflower rice, double cream only, caramel stevia around 10 drops to the 300 grams cauliflower, 1 tbsp granulated Truvia & a heap of cinammon and nutmeg, oh and roughly 50 mls egg whites (that freaked me out but it gives a Beaut thick texture and I reason yolks go in custard so..)
No its not true rice pudding, but its warm yummy and a comfort to this bed ridden sciatica sufferer who is prone to binging when unwell.
I hope you give it another try.
It's a big batch too, my hubby wouldn't touch with your barge pole! 🤣 So it's brekky and snacks for. Or me- if I eat one more omlette I'll go to kfc!
Christina March 20, 2014
Cauliflower can be a dessert or sweetened comfort food. I just steam it, purée and add butter, a pinch of salt, and sweetener of choice. Must be served WARM though!
FutureChef February 4, 2013
Also if you really were just after a vegan pudding, I recommend using chia seeds. It will give you the texture of tapioca pudding. Just use a 4:1 ratio of liquid: chia seeds. Any liquid you want do very versatile. Could use your coconut milk. If you want to retry the coconut cauliflower route here, (godlid luck) but you certainly could.
FutureChef February 4, 2013
Now I really want to make cauliflower into a dessert just so I can say I did it. To make it work though, I don't think I would opt for the rice pudding route. It is a crucifers us vegetable so I think to make it work as a dessert, you'd have to play to its savory strengths. Think: red bean paste ice creams in Tokyo. Immediately coming to mind is curry.

See: 'flavor bouncing' on youtube starring Chef Achatz. What goes well with cauliflower? Curry comes to mind right off the bat. How could that tie into a dessert? With chocolate (of course). Maybe some currants as well--goes well with cauliflower and chocolate. Peas go well with cauliflower and curry also and have a definite sweetness, but does it pair well with chocolate?

So maybe steer away from a strong coconut flavor and cauliflower. Try perhaps a curried cauliflower panna cotta (if you're vegan, use agar to set), chocolate consommé (see the recipe by Chef Sam Mason), and a currant jam. Chocolate shaving to garnish. (Green&black makes a hazelnut currant chocolate bar... Maybe use that)

Completely theoretical but ill let you know how it goes if I try it out when cauliflower is back in season.

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drbabs February 4, 2013
Some things aren't meant to be dessert. I would put cauliflower in that category. Sorry it didn't work out.
mainecook61 February 4, 2013
It sounds awful. Sometimes the trash can is your friend.
mainecook61 February 4, 2013
It sounds awful. Sometimes the trash can is your friend.
ATL February 4, 2013
I have to admit, it sounds pretty grim. But bravo to you for being courageous!
michellemybell February 4, 2013
The cauliflower was the rice. I also subbed in coconut milk and a tad of coconut oil. It was so aweful!
FutureChef February 3, 2013
Was the cauliflower mimicking the rice in the pudding (as is seen with living or plant-based cuisine) or was it actually cauliflower puréed and/or infused into cream for rice pudding? ... Just trying to find the onset of the terrible-ness.. Cauliflower is adventurous in desserts.
Modernist cuisine has a recipe (adapted from Thomas Keller) for cauliflower panna cotta but it is more of a savory application. Hope this sort f helps, but give more details and I might have more if an inkling on how to improve. Thanks!
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