On most days my house is a hive of activity. There's a steady stream of family and friends that regularly cross my threshold, not to mention the three men I live with and cook for on a daily basis. There's Hubby, the American and the Little Man, all of whom have different tastes, schedules and appetites. Here's how I stopped being a short order cook and turned my fridge into an open all hours self serve buffet.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Baked Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding


Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (250ml) low fat (2%) milk
1/2 cup (125ml) of pouring cream
4 tablespoons of sultanas (raisins)
1 cup cold, cooked, white medium-grain rice
cinnamon sugar

Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined.  Whisk in milk and cream.  Put 1/4 cup rice in each jar and top with a tablespoon of sultanas.  Pour the egg mixture into each jar, dividing it equally.  Using a fork, stir each jar to break up the rice and mix it thoroughly into the egg mixture.


Jars in Crockpot


Place the filled jars in the ceramic insert of the crockpot and add enough boiling water into the insert to come halfway up the sides of the jars.  Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on high for 90 minutes, at which point they should be set.  Remove from crockpot and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


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You can see the heat from the pudding is melting the sugar and dispersing the cinammon.  The smell is amazing!  You can dig in straight away if you like your rice pudding warm, or let them cool on the bench until room temperature before storing in the fridge.


Rice Pudding


Our tester verdicts?  Hubby loved them, would have eaten them all if left unsupervised, licked the jars clean, shed a tear when the last one was gone.  The American said "If I actually liked rice pudding this would be the king of rice puddings.  It was much better than I've ever had before, but it's still rice pudding."  The little man thought they were great, which IS great, because as far as desserts go this one is actually not too bad for you.

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