Christmas Rice Porridge
dish is a traditional Danish Christmas
Eve dish, served as a first course. Traditionally, Danes
would leave rice pudding outside their front door next
to their wooden shoes for the elves. The elves would then
leave presents in the wooden shoes. In a slightly less
messy version of this tradition, when the porridge is almost
cooked, everyone gathers around the pot to watch as one
blanched almond is dropped into the pot prior to serving.
The one who finds the almond in their bowl usually keeps
the others in suspense until all the porridge is eaten,
at whch time he or she announces their find and wins a
Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy saucepan.
Add rice to the boiling milk, stirring.
Lower the heat, cover with a lid and gently cook the rice for
about an hour, being careful not to scorch the milk.
Add salt to taste.
Serve the hot porridge with a pat of butter and sprinkle with
cinnamon & sugar.