Risalamande (Danish Rice Pudding) with Cherry Sauce

Risalamande with Cherry Sauce, Ris a l'amande, Jul, danske, traditional, danish rice pudding Risalamande has been served on Christmas Eve in Denmark since around 1900. As I am half Danish I remember always feeling quite lucky as a child to have two Christmas celebrations! The first was on Christmas Eve where we had a traditional Danish meal usually with goose or duck and Risalamand followed by singing Danish songs (mum playing piano) and dancing around the Christmas tree which was lit with traditional white candles (never a problem)! Then we’d open our presents and often go off to the midnight service (when I got a bit older). The next day we’d go to my English grandparents and have a traditional English Christmas meal (always turkey and my gran’s homemade Christmas Pudding) and more presents. As a child I didn’t liking any rice or semolina based desserts but the thing that got me eating Risalamande was the hidden almond because if you found that you won a prize! I remember one particular Christmas at one of my aunt’s houses in Denmark seeing a gorgeous marzipan pig and being the worlds No 1 marzipan fan I’d have done anything to win it. I must have eaten 3 bowls of Risalamande but to no avail, sadly my morfar (granddad) was the lucky winner. I seem to remember he didn’t even choose the pig as his prize but a box of cigars!

Risalamande with Cherry Sauce, Ris a l'amande, Jul, danske, traditional, danish rice pudding

Anyway as I grew older I learned to appreciate Risalamande and have usually left it to my mum to make. This year I decided to make my own interpretation of my mother’s recipe which was a few scribbled notes I’d make many years ago. After a couple of trials I am happy with this version as my hubby was a great critic telling me that my first attempt wasn’t like my mother’s version! It also didn’t help that the frozen cherries I bought for my first attempt were sour (which I didn’t notice until after I’d cooked them). So check the packaging when purchasing, you need sweet cherries!

Every Dane has their version of Risalamande and the two stipulations that my mother has are that there aren’t too many chopped almonds in the rice pudding (otherwise too bitty) and also that it isn’t too sweet as the cherry sauce provides the sweet contrast to the creamy rice pudding.

It just remains for me to wish you all  A Very Happy Christmas! xx


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Risalamande (Danish Rice Pudding) with Cherry Sauce
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Traditional Dansih Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce - creamy and delicious rice pudding laed with sherry and almonds and a contrasting sweet cherry sauce.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Danish
Serves: 6
  • For the Risalamand:
  • 1 ltr Full fat milk
  • 100g Pudding rice
  • 2 tbsp Caster sugar (I keep a vanilla pod in mine)
  • 2 tbsp Sherry
  • 15g Flaked almonds, chopped
  • 1 whole almond
  • 250 mls Whipping cream
  • Flaked almonds to decorate (optional)
  • For the Cherry Sauce:
  • 350g Frozen cherries
  • 400 mls Water
  • 80g Caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp High juice blackcurrant squash
  • 1 ½ tbsp Potato flour or cornflour
  • 1 ½ tbsp Ice cold water
  1. For Risalamande:
  2. Put milk into a non-stick pan and bring to almost simmering point – add the rice.
  3. Keeping the heat low (probably lowest setting) cook the rice for 30 minutes with the lid on stirring at regular intervals. (Very important not to burn).
  4. Then remove lid and cook for further 15 - 20 minutes simmering and stirring until rice is cooked and porridge like.
  5. Once cooked stir in the caster sugar, sherry and chopped almonds into the rice porridge.
  6. Put in a bowl to cool and then refrigerate until chilled. (Overnight is fine).
  7. Whip the cream into soft peaks
  8. Fold a little cream into the rice porridge to loosen it and then carefully fold the rest of the cream in, then add the whole almond.
  9. Place in a glass serving dish and decorate with a few flaked almonds if wished and put back in fridge to thoroughly chll..
  10. For Cherry Sauce:
  11. Put the cherries, water, sugar and blackcurrant squash in a pan, bring to the boil then turn down heat to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  12. Mix the potato flour and 2 tbsp ice cold water together to form a paste and lowering the heat stir into the cherries cooking for another minute to thicken.
  13. Take off the heat, put in a bowl and serve with the Risalamande warm or cold (any leftover sauce can be re-heated)..

Risalamande with Cherry Sauce, Ris a l'amande, Jul, danske, traditional, danish rice pudding

For more sweet Christmas inspiration from far afieild check out Bestmore’s Kransakake from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary or Cape Brandy Pudding from Cook Sister.

I am entering my Risalamande with Cherry Sauce into Taming Twins Festive Food Friday linky and Tinned Tomatoes & Lisa’s Kitchen’s No Croutons Required challenge where the them is a festive photo.

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  1. Amy Fidler

    Bet this is delicious x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy, it really is:-)

  2. Josefine

    Oh yay I love Risalamande 😀 and I loved reading about your Danish traditions and your childhood memories. In our family we also play the almond game in our family! I used to love it when I got it and my sisters where green with envy! Hehe #beinspired

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, just me who never won the almond then LOL:-) Do love Risalamande and usually rely on my mum to make it:-)

  3. Martina Evans

    Brilliant! I would love to make this for Christmas. My family and I love rice pudding and cherries so this should go down a treat 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) I’ve never liked rice pudding and didn’t like this either as a child but I love it now:-)

  4. Ursula Hunt

    This has become a favourite dessert in our house

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Ursula, so glad to hear that:-)

  5. Paul Wilson

    Looks great for a summer’s eve.

    1. Camilla

      Well it’s traditionally a Christmas dish but if you’d like it in summer then who am I to argue:-)

  6. tiggerific1973

    I love the sauce idea!

  7. Kirsty Fox

    That cherry sauce looks absolutely delicious and a gorgeous colour

  8. brenda heads

    It look delicious I will have to give it a try.

  9. Heather Haigh

    Looks simply delicious!

    1. Camilla

      It really is Heather:-)

  10. Sarah Cooper

    Haven’t tried anything like this before. Must try this. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It’s well worth the effort:-)

  11. Lynn Fancy

    Sounds delicious! Yet another for my list – you really should do a book you know!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, how lovely of you to say. When I was 18 that was my ambition to be a cookery book writer but blogs didn’t exist back then so I’m making up for lost time doing this now:-) Authors need to be “showmen” too these days, gone are the days of the reclusive writer so I’m not sure that’s me LOL:-)

  12. Ursula Hunt

    Didn’t have any cherries but used raspberries and it was delicious

    1. Camilla

      Oh fabulous – so glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure raspberries equally good:-)

  13. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I do love rice pudding Camilla and I bet it tastes great with that cherry sauce. Thanks for submitting it to No Croutons Required festive round. The roundup is now live

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline – I beat you to it and left a comment in the small hours LOL:-)

  14. Maya Russell

    The sauce looks rich and delicious.

  15. Carole Cambridge

    Looks divine… a real step up from my usual rice pudding! I’ll definitely give it a try x

    1. Camilla


  16. Ursula Hunt

    Showed my sister this recipe who got very excited, she really loves rice pudding but unfortunately usually out of a tin, you never know it might tempt her to start cooking 🙂

    1. Camilla

      This is like a super pimped up rice pudding and nothing like the usual rice pudding – I’m sure she’d love it:-) I must admit I never usually make ordinary rice pudding but buy the odd tin for hubby – shocking I know but it just doesn’t get me excited, must make more effort as I have the rest of the pudding rice to use up now!

  17. Alica

    I must try this, it looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  18. Hayley Mulgrove

    Oh wow now this look so yummy, mmmm need this in my life, lol

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  19. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Looks great !Interesting to learn about other countries Christmas traditions in cooking

  20. Ursula Hunt

    This looks truly delicious

    1. Camilla

      It really is:-)

  21. Magda

    I have a Danish friend and she was always raving about the Christmas rice pudding. That was probably the dish she looked most to 🙂 She even brought me a proper pudding rice, but I must admit I only used it once. Maybe it is about the time to make some more 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Yes there can’t be a Dane who doesn’t like this pudding:-) Hope you manage to give it a go:-)

  22. Samantha Wesley

    This looks gorgeous – a must make over Christmas 🙂 Haha loving the fact you have had two Christmases! #niceone

    1. Camilla

      Thanks – enjoy:-)

  23. sandy ralph

    this looks Delicious i must try this one

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you enjoy it:-)

  24. Barbara Handley

    I have not heard of this dish before but as soon as all the Christmas food is finished I want to have a go at making it. Looks and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Barbara, glad to enlighten you:-)

  25. Lisa H

    I love rice pudding and this is fab recipe many thanks

  26. sam

    super Becca 🙂 the recipe is so nice

    1. Camilla


  27. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Just dropping in to wish you a merry xmas.

    1. Camilla

      Aah thank you and a Happy Christmas to you too Bintu:-)

  28. Charlotte Arnott

    This looks like a lovely traditional dish. I’m tempted to try it in the New Year when all of the biscuits and chocolates have been eaten!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  29. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    Wow I love cherries, this looks so festive!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah:-)

  30. William Gould

    Wow it looks good! Reminds me of a hot cherry pie and ice cream I had in an American-style diner many years ago, and never since!

    1. Camilla


  31. Paul Wilson

    Looks great.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  32. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    This made me smile so much Camilla. I have a very vivid memory from when I was probably only 6 or 7 of our lovely Danish neighbour (who died many years ago now) coming to call on my Mum on Christmas Eve in a total panic needing a single whole blanched almond. I never quite understood why and it remained a mystery until now! The pudding looks beautiful and sounds delicious. Thanks for linking to #festivefoodfriday and happy Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      LOL Sarah so glad to finally lay to rest that “almond mystery”! Thank you for your kind words and have a lovely Christmas too:-)

  33. Janice

    ooh all that cream would make it really lovely. I like rice pudding, but would always bake it as I like the toffee like skin. Love that you had two Christmasses, the more the merrier when you are a child!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice – have a very Merry Christmas:-)

  34. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Hahaha – the marzipan pig! At the Norway Seafood event earlier this month there was a marzipan pig in our goodie bags which baffled many until it was explained that marzipan pigs are “a thing” in Scandi countries 😉 Not a massive fan of rice pudding but I would eat this for the cherry sauce alone… Thanks for linking to me!

    1. Camilla

      LOL Jeanne! It’s completely a million miles away from traditional rice pudding as it’s so very creamy and the cherry sauce is just a delicious sweet contrast to the creaminess:-)

  35. Rajveer

    It is amazing recipe. I have bookmarked it. I ll try it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you enjoy it:-)

      1. Rajveer

        Hey Camilla,
        your recipes are really nice. Writing about food is extremely awesome. I usually like to taste worlds best foods.
        Thank you so much! I want to cook different types of recipes.

        1. Camilla

          Thank you:-)

  36. Elizabeth

    What a super read! Lucky you to have had two Christmases every year! 😀 Lovely sounding recipe and your photos are lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Aah thank you Elizabeth:-)

  37. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    This looks lovely! That cherry sauce looks absolutely irresistible. I love the idea of having two Christmases 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca:-) Yes I had the best of both worlds as a kid:-)

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