Rice pudding

Straight out of the oven

We had a couple of cups of left-over cooked rice from the curry we had for dinner, so I decided to turn it into a rice pudding. (I like to cook a little extra rice for just this sort of extemporaneous treat.) Cool the rice and tip it into an oven-proof basin, then add a couple of handfuls of raisins and stir them in. Pour enough milk to half fill the basin into a large pan, then stir in two teaspoons of good quality vanilla essence and a couple of tablespoons of sugar (not too much as this should only have a hint of sweetness).

It’s not going to last long

Stir the milk, vanilla and sugar over a low heat until steam starts to appear, then stir in an equal amount of single cream to the milk. Continue stirring and heating until the steam appears again. Pour the warm liquid over the rice until it’s just below the rim of the basin. Dot the top of the pudding with nobs of butter, and place in an oven preheated to 180C. Bake for about 45 minutes and serve immediately. Slices of cold leftover pudding are much appreciated in children’s lunchboxes. You can make something similar with oatmeal, although in this case you pour the warm milk and cream over dry oatmeal.

5 Responses to “Rice pudding”

  1. I adore rice, cream, milk sugar and everything else that goes into a rice pudding but I just cannot eat rice pudding! Totally daft I know, I’ve cooked it myself so I know whats in it – I think it’s something to do with school dinners way back.

    That does look lovely though, but I think I’ll stick with bead and butter pudding and have my leftover rice with cheese or egg.

  2. or even bread and butter pudding

  3. mummys little angel Reply 10 February, 2008 at 22:15

    my grandmothers secret ingrediant was to grate nut meg over the top.

  4. Now I’m hungry! I love rice pudding, bread pudding, all those things that are fat, sugar and starch. With rum-soaked raisins. When in doubt, add rum-soaked raisins. If you don’t think they’ll go with what you’re making, apply them directly to the inside of your mouth.

  5. I agree with MLA…. freshly grated nutmeg on the top on my helping, please… yuuummmy !

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