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Rice pudding

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It is made out of rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, vanilla, and chopped almonds; and is usually served cold with a cherry sauce (kirsebærsovs).
Risalamande (Danish, after French riz à l'amande, rice with almonds) is cold risengrød with whipped cream, vanilla, and chopped almond, often served with hot or chilled cherry (or strawberry) sauce.

Christmas dinner

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Nowadays, it is very common to make a large batch of rice pudding for dinner on lillejuleaften ("Little Christmas Eve", i.e. December 23), a part of which is kept until Christmas Eve and used to make risalamande, which is eaten as dessert after the big Christmas dinner.
The main course is followed by a dessert of Risalamande, rice pudding served with cherry sauce or strawberry sauce, often with a whole almond hidden inside.

Marzipan pig

Normally, a whole almond is added to the dessert, and the person who finds it wins a small prize—such as a chocolate heart, a marzipan pig, or a small board game.
The same tradition exists for Christmas Eve in Denmark, but with risalamande.

Danish cuisine

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Risengrød, (Rice-porridge), a dish that has a special relationship to Christmas. It is traditionally the favorite dish of the Nisse. Usually served with butter, cinnamon sugar and nisseøl. It is also the basis of the Danish Christmas dessert Risalamande.

List of Christmas dishes

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List of Christmas dishes: Denmark
risalamande - rice pudding. A dish made from rice, whipped cream and almonds, served cold with cherry sauce (kirsebærsauce)

Dansk Sprognævn

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Risalamande (also spelled as ris à l'amande and other variants, though risalamande is the only spelling authorized by Dansk Sprognævn; from pseudo-French riz à l'amande meaning "rice with almonds"), is a traditional Danish dessert typically served at Christmas.

French language

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Risalamande (also spelled as ris à l'amande and other variants, though risalamande is the only spelling authorized by Dansk Sprognævn; from pseudo-French riz à l'amande meaning "rice with almonds"), is a traditional Danish dessert typically served at Christmas.

Denmark

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Risalamande (also spelled as ris à l'amande and other variants, though risalamande is the only spelling authorized by Dansk Sprognævn; from pseudo-French riz à l'amande meaning "rice with almonds"), is a traditional Danish dessert typically served at Christmas.

Christmas

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Risalamande (also spelled as ris à l'amande and other variants, though risalamande is the only spelling authorized by Dansk Sprognævn; from pseudo-French riz à l'amande meaning "rice with almonds"), is a traditional Danish dessert typically served at Christmas.

Whipped cream

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It is made out of rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, vanilla, and chopped almonds; and is usually served cold with a cherry sauce (kirsebærsovs).

Vanilla

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It is made out of rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, vanilla, and chopped almonds; and is usually served cold with a cherry sauce (kirsebærsovs).

Almond

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It is made out of rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, vanilla, and chopped almonds; and is usually served cold with a cherry sauce (kirsebærsovs).

World War II

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After World War II, risalamande experienced an increase in popularity, being touted as a "savings" dessert: adding whipped cream (which was easily available) to the still fairly expensive rice would make the rice last longer.

Sweden

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In Sweden, this dish is called ris à la Malta, which is a corruption of the Danish name.

Malta

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In Sweden, this dish is called ris à la Malta, which is a corruption of the Danish name.

Squash (drink)

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The dish is mostly served with either a smooth cordial-sauce, jam or semi-thawed frozen berries.

Norway

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Norwegians have a similar dish called riskrem (“rice cream”) and, as in Denmark, the person finding a hidden almond in the dessert wins a mandelgave (almond-gift) in the form of a marzipan pig or the like.

Raspberry

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In Norway, the sauce is also normally made of raspberry (or even strawberry) rather than cherry.

Strawberry

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In Norway, the sauce is also normally made of raspberry (or even strawberry) rather than cherry.

Christmas traditions

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Dessert

Culture of Denmark

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For dessert, Ris à l'amande is served. Made out of rice, it is not to be confused with rice pudding. The chief difference is the whipped cream added to the rice. On serving, chopped almond and vanilla can be added, among other things. It is served cold, with hot cherry sauce. An unchopped almond can also be added and hidden in the dessert. The person who finds it in his portion receives a small prize.

Yule and Christmas in Denmark

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For dessert, risalamande, a cold rice pudding dish, is served with a hot cherry sauce, traditionally with a whole almond hidden inside.

Beer in Denmark

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It was once the most common beer in Denmark but sales have declined so that it is mainly only bought at Christmas when it is served with risalamande.