I was never a fan of rice pudding when I was growing up; my mother would make it every now and then and it just never appealed to me. Now that I'm all grown up I am in love with this simple dessert! This is a perfect "comfort food" dessert and it's so easy to put together, it just takes a bit of time.
First you have to cook your white rice and then on medium heat add milk, sugar and a pinch of salt. It will look a little soupy like this:
Now, for about 15-20 minutes of simmering and stirring your soupy concoction will have become nice and creamy:
Once this happens you add a bit more milk, raisins (if you want them) and 1 egg that has been slightly beaten:
Continue to cook for 2-5 more minutes until your pudding is thick and creamy. Then, remove the pot from heat and add a bit of butter and vanilla extract and then serve!
I should tell you to wait a few minutes for the pudding to cool a bit but I am not afraid to admit that I've burned my mouth a few times with this dessert :)
Oh, and have I mentioned before how much I love cinnamon? Well, I do and I have to have a bit sprinkled on my rice pudding every time, so yummy!
Simple Rice Pudding
3/4 C. white rice + 1 1/2 C. water (cook as usual)
1/3 C. white sugar
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 - 1 C. raisins (optional)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 C. milk
1 Tbsp. butter
1/2-1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Once your rice is cooked turn up the heat to medium and add the sugar, salt and the 1 1/2 C. milk. Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until creamy.
2. Add raisins, egg and remaining milk and continue to cook 2-5 minutes until thickened and creamy.
3. Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla and mix well. Let cool and bit then serve with, or without, and sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!!