Photo: Squire Fox
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
10 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 10 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in first 2 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes; drain.

Step 2

Return rice to saucepan; stir in milk and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until thick. Remove vanilla bean. Remove from heat, and transfer to a glass bowl. Let stand 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Step 3

Spoon into serving dishes; top each with figs and a drizzle of saba.

Step 4

Pantry Key. Saba: An ancient sweetener traditionally made from grape juice.

Step 5

Note: We tested with Carolina Plantation Rice ( and Zingerman's Saba Balsamic Syrup (

FIG, Charleston, SC

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