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Rice Pudding, A Bowl of Comfort

November 13, 2010

Rice pudding is the ultimate comfort food.  Each person has their own ideals for rice pudding, so this recipe has many spots where you can adapt it to your liking. Rice pudding can be enjoyed warm or cold, with many additions, for breakfast, snack or dessert.  I say try all three!

Every time I cook rice I use 3/4 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of barley.  Nobody has ever noticed.  It’s been a good ten years.  My rice looks the same and tastes the same, but the barley is full of fiber and protein and recommended for daily consumption for diabetics.  How can it not be good for you?  You can buy a bag of pot barley for 99 cents in the dry beans section of the grocery store.  I am not kidding you.  Go buy some now.

You can easily adapt the recipe to double the portions or match how much rice you have leftover from dinner.

Ingredients:

1 cup of rice (or 3/4 cup of rice and 1/4 cup barley)

2 cups water

1 to 2 cups milk or cream

Spoon of vanilla

Sprinkle of cinnamon

2 to 4 spoons sugar, to your taste

Additions such as 3/4 cup raisins or dried fruit or chopped nuts

Pour 1 cup of dried rice, or rice and barley combo into a small pot.  Add 2 cups of water.  Put on the stove at high until boiling then turn immediately down to about 2 and let simmer for a good 30 – 40 minutes.  Do not stir.  Rice is complete when you can tip the pot and you don’t see any water left in the rice.  Again, do not use a spoon to move the rice around and check if there is water in case you need to put it back on the stove.  Do not stir.

Add 1 to 2 cups of milk or cream.  I say go full 18% cream, but you can do what you want.  I add about 1 and 1/2 cups of cream, and then wait to see how it absorbs before adding the other 1/2 cup if I want it.

Add the vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and any favorite additions.  I use raisins or if I am lucky, some other dried berries mixed with raisins.  Let simmer for 20-30 minutes until cream absorbs to your liking.

Do you prefer your rice pudding warm, cold, soupy, sticky or full of nuts or berries?

Whose bowl did you eat out of Goldilocks? Jump up.

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