Earthy Delights Recipe

Honey Truffle Arborio Rice Pudding

Honey Truffle Arborio Rice Pudding
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been enjoying the newest truffle on the scene, the Hungarian Honey Truffle (Mattirolomyces terfezioides). Of course, it’s not a “new” truffle – it’s been around forever, but it’s new to most American truffle-lovers, and there aren't many, if any recipes around. We started by thoughtfully tasting a paper-thin slice of honey truffle. In some ways, the honey truffle is like other mild-flavoed truffles; it starts off with a very pleasant, mushroom-like aroma and flavor, but a difference soon becomes apparent. After a moment or two on the tongue, the honey truffle develops a delightfully long, sweet honey-like finish. The more we tried it, the more we liked it. Definitely unusual and eminently intriguing! Is it a dessert? Is it a risotto? Perhaps it’s a bit of both. In any event, it’s a keeper.

1 cup water
Pinch salt
1/2 cup Arborio rice
2 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey truffle, finely chopped
thin shavings of truffle for garnish



Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice, return to a boil, and then reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Stir occasionally, cooking until the rice has absorbed all of the water but it still al dente, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for a moment.


In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk and sugar. Slowly add the still-warm cooked rice mixture a spoonful at a time, stirring constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Return the pan to the burner and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and scraping down the sides, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the pudding is very thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and the finely chopped truffle. Allow to stand for an additional 5 – 10 minutes. Stir in a little more milk if the pudding is too thick.


Garnished with a few thin shavings of honey truffle just before serving, Arborio Rice Pudding is equally delicious whether eaten warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Add fresh berries or other fruit, chopped nuts, fruit puree or preserves – or nothing at all – for comfort food at its creamy, satisfying best.