Kiwifruit and Grape Rice Pudding

3 cups milk
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rice
2 kiwis, peeled, sliced, quartered
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 kiwi, peeled, sliced, for garnish
  1. Combine the milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Heat until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
  2. Stir in the rice. Cover and cook over low heat for 35-45 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of the ilk is absorbed. Stir occasionally.
  3. Stir in the kiwi quarters, grapes, and butter.
  4. Combine remaining sugar with the cinnamon. sprinkle each serving with cinnamon sugar and garnish with sliced kiwi fruit. Serve warm.

Chef: Rice nicely done, but kiwi is bitter. Good texture, holds shape, could be plated better.

Personal/Team: I thought it taste off, could be the kiwi. We cooked rice in water and then later soaked in milk, not sure if that effected flavor.Also added more sugar because it didn't seem sweet enough. It was difficult to plate and make look attractive; a small bowl would have bee better than a plate and kiwi half slices instead of whole would have been a bit more attractive.

Lessons learned: This is an alternative to a really sweet dessert. Looking for a creamy texture and some light sweetness along with the fruit's natural sweetness.