Coconut Cream Arborio Rice Pudding

This recipe for rice pudding is so easy, it practically makes itself! A couple of special ingredients make it extra creamy and coconutty- definitely worth the trip to a more specialized store selling them. Freeze dried coconut milk powder is a wonderful way to add extra coconut flavor into baked goods, creams & puddings- without having to use coconut extract, which can sometimes have an artificial flavor. Arborio rice is a short grained Italian rice that is high in starch, so as it cooks, it gives a very creamy consistency to the pudding. 

Coconut Cream Arborio Rice Pudding

  • 100g Arborio rice
  • 150g heavy cream
  • 850g milk
  • 25g freeze dried coconut milk powder
  • 160g coconut cream
  • 50g sugar 

Rinse the rice in cold water and swish around one time to clean. Then drain.

Scale the cream, milk & freeze dried coconut milk powder into a medium pot, stir in the rice and bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.

Continue to simmer & stir until the liquid is absorbed and the rice has expanded & burst and it is texturally soft to taste. 

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and coconut cream.

Transfer to a container and cover the surface with film. Allow to cool at room temperature until just warm.

Refrigerate until chilled and serve with fresh fruits, jam, pure├ęs and everything that is delicious and in season! 

Egg Yolk Enriched Pita Bread

Usually Pita Bread does not include the addition of egg yolks, but I loved the richness and light, tender crumb that they brought to my recipe. They were like fat little cushions and perfect for scooping moussaka, baba ganoush and super tomatoey shakshuka straight from the pan.


These babies were delicious straight from the oven, but also were soft, airy and not dry at all the next day- thanks to the addition of the honey.  

Be careful to pull them from the oven a few seconds after they “pop” or you will risk the bread over baking and becoming dry. 

Caro’s Pita Bread

  • Active Dry Yeast 4g
  • Warm Water (around 30C if you want to get specific) 50g
  • Honey 5g
  • AP Flour 155g
  • Bread Flour 155g
  • Salt, Baliene 7g
  • Water 150g
  • Olive Oil 20g
  • Egg Yolks 40g


  • Bloom yeast in water with honey until foamy, around 5 min.
  • All dry in bowl w/ hook, mix to combine.
  • Speed 1, add wet ingredients.
  • Mix Speed 1 for 2 min.
  • Increase to Speed 2 for 6 min.
  • Turn out into an oiled bowl and allow to double in size, covered, in a warm place for about an hour.
  • Fold & refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, remove from cooler and allow to come to room temperature for an hour.
  • Portion & shape into 6 balls at around 110g each.
  • Cover with film and allow to double in size for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 500F with an inverted cast iron skillet or sheet tray inside.
  • Gently press proofed dough with fingers to 1/4″ thick ovals. 
  • Carefully lay pita a couple at a time onto tray and allow to bake and puff- around 3-3.5 minutes from start to finish. 
  • Cover with a towel to keep warm until finished and ready to eat. 

    Dulce de Leche at Home

    Making dulce de leche at home is super easy. As a matter of fact, there are only truly three ingredients that you need. Well, four really, if you count time, which is the ingredient you need the most of for this recipe. Don’t start this project unless you have 4 or 5 hours to dedicate to it from scaling to cleaning, and cooking in between.

    I’ve gone through a dulce de leche obsession and have tried every recipe that I could find for cajeta, milk jam, confiture du lait – which are all the same exact thing – a slow cooked reduction of caramelized dairy. I put it in my coffee, over ice cream, on toast or right out of the jar, it’s straight up eyes-rolling-back-into-your-head-delicious.

    This recipe and technique are a bit gussied up. Along with the typical ingredients of milk, baking soda and sugar, I’ve added sticky Tahitian vanilla beans, powdered espresso, glucose syrup (to prevent crystallization) and milk chocolate. The milk chocolate is not necessary and definitely not typical, but I like it because it adds another amazing layer of flavor, a beautiful creamy texture and extra shine. It’s perfectly fine to keep a very traditional flavor profile, but it is impossible for industry folks to not tweak a recipe to make is specifically theirs. I’m no exception.

    Here’s my fancy recipe:

    2000g Straus milk

    2000g organic goat’s milk (You can find this at a specialty grocery store, or better yet, ask around at your farmer’s market)(And if you can’t find it, just use all milk. It’s fine!)

    2 each vanilla beans, split & scraped

    20 each coffee beans, crushed or ground

    1200g organic cane sugar

    120g glucose syrup

    20g baking soda

    High quality milk chocolate – we use Valrhona’s Caramelia or Jivara chocolates for the best result

    A fat pinch of Maldon sea salt (but please don’t crush those beautiful crystals with your sausage fingers.)


    Here’s my basic recipe:

    4000g organic milk

    1200g organic sugar

    20g baking soda

    A nice pinch of sea salt (optional)


    Here’s how you make it:

    (For the basic recipe, follow these steps too, just omit the extra ingredients.)

    First, combine your dairy, 1000g sugar, glucose, vanilla beans and espresso on a large pot. Use a pot that has at least 3-4 inches of room to the top after the dairy is inside. The pot size is important. More on that later.

    Vanilla and Espresso
    Vanilla and Espresso

    Whisk this together to dissolve the sugars and place over medium high heat, stirring often so it does not burn on the bottom.

    Combine the remaining 200g of sugar and baking soda in a bowl and mix well.

    Once the dairy has come just barely to a simmer, lower the heat to the lowest setting and sloooowly begin whisking in the sugar/baking powder mixture. I say slowly, because if you go too quickly, the whole mixture will foam up like your 4th grade science fair volcano and overflow all over the place. Bad news. So take your time and once the foam starts building, slow down to let it settle, then go again until it’s all inside. The foam is normal – it’s the reaction of the baking soda and the natural acidity of the dairy, just don’t let it get out of control, or you will have a lot of cleaning to do! That’s why picking out a nice roomy pot is so very necessary. Don’t make me say “I told you so.”

    When the foam has mostly settled, turn the heat back up to medium. The objective here is to bring the dairy just to a slow simmer over a period of several hours, in order to reduce the liquid and caramelize the sugars.

    Keep a spoon handy and skim any remaining foam from the surface throughout the cooking time. Get rid of the whisk now, too. Too much agitation at this point will lead to crystallization. Just simmer and skim.

    Simmer and skim.

    Watch and be amazed as the color changes from white to tan to light brown.

    Simmer and skim.

    Watch the the texture thicken and the color change to a deep caramel color.

    Keep simmering. Keep skimming.

    Finally, after several hours, the dulce de leche will have reduced by about 75% and will have become a deep, rich, mahogany color.

    At this point, if you are making the basic recipe, strain your dulce de leche and stir in your sea salt. You may now begin to slather everything in sight with this gloriousness.

    If you are making the fancy recipe, also strain your dulce de leche while weighing it. Once you know the weight, scale your milk chocolate (in a medium sized bowl) to half the weight of the dulce de leche.

    Slowly, while the dulce de leche is still nice and hot, begin to pour the liquid-gold over the chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is melted and combined with the dulce de leche in a smooth, shiny homogenous way.


    Now, add a nice fat pinch of Maldon or Murray River sea salt and stir to combine.

    You did it. Give yourself a pat on the back. Taste your dulce de leche!! So yummy!! Now do the dishes. Go clean up.

    You are now ready to either start pouring this all over everything you can find, or let it crystallize overnight in the fridge to thicken and become spreadable for your toasted brioche in the morning. I’m just sayin’. That’s a pretty damn good way to start your day.

    Dulce de Leche
    Dulce de Leche