Hungarian Rice Cake

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on September 2, 2015.



Hungarian Rice Cake

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart half-and-half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup drained, pitted sour cherries
  • Drizzle of honey, optional


  1. Line bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment; coat parchment and sides of pan with 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Fill a medium pot with salted water.
  4. Bring to a rolling boil.
  5. Add rice; boil for 5 minutes, then drain.
  6. In a large pot, bring water and half-and-half to a simmer.
  7. Add sugar, vanilla seeds remaining butter and lemon zest, whisking until sugar dissolves and seeds are well incorporated.
  8. Add rice and return to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.
  9. Cook until liquid is absorbed, then spread on a rimmed baking sheet and cool.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Transfer cooled rice to a large bowl.
  12. Add lightly beaten egg yolks to rice and mix well.
  13. Stir in cherries.
  14. Add salt to egg whites and whip to medium peaks; fold into rice mixture.
  15. Transfer mixture into cake pan; bake for about 75 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  16. Let cool; drizzle with honey.

Makes 10 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
330 calories, 18 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 105 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 6 g protein


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