09/28/2012 10:00 EDT | Updated 11/28/2012 05:12 EST

Use Italian arborio rice with maple syrup and dried fruit for a decadent pudding

Rice pudding has been a favourite with generations of Canadians. Now with Italian arborio rice, pure maple syrup, cranberries and lemon, a creamy, decadent rice pudding is quick and easy to make any night of the week.

Lemon Rice Pudding

125 ml (1/2 cup) arborio (short-grain Italian) rice

750 ml (3 cups) milk (approx)

45 ml (3 tbsp) pure maple syrup

50 ml (1/4 cup) dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries (or a mixture; chopped if large)

Grated zest of 1 lemon or small orange, divided

Ground cinnamon, for garnish

In a heavy saucepan, bring rice, milk and syrup to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in cranberres and half of the zest; cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes longer or until rice is very soft and pudding is slightly thickened (it will thicken considerably upon cooling).

Serve hot, warm or cold, stirring in more milk as necessary to thin. Sprinkle each serving with cinnamon and remaining zest.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: Dairy Goodness.