The Rice Pudding Wars

I seem to be accruing cooking magazines at an exponential rate. They come home with me, then sit on the coffee table for weeks until they get stacked on top of all the other cooking magazines in random places around the house. Under the desk, on top of books on the shelves, under the bed, in the closet… oh dear. I do flip through and ooh and ahh at the pictures thinking how i’d love to try cooking xyz. Somehow, I never seem to get my act together. Until now…

With the sudden chill factor, I couldn’t go past the rice pudding recipe in this month’s Delicious magazine (which I love!). I did think that 1.2 L milk to 1/3 cup rice was a little excessive, but, its Delicious! Who was I to question such authority? Damn right, thats what I was.

I ended up with a very tasty rice soup. Looks a bit like an omelette…

However, I do like my rice pudding more… well… puddingy! So I began to search for a good pudding recipe. Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far! I went straight to the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook and tried their rice pudding. I substituted the cup of skim milk for a cup of cream (If you’re eating rice pudding you cant be worrying about your waistline!) popped it in the oven and crossed my fingers.

Looks good so far, no excessive liquid

Hooray! I can see the rice!

It was so so tasty, and with a little bit of cinnamon on top… mmmmmmm!

Be careful though, keep it stored with the silver foil over the top as it did develop a little bit of a skin. Im not sure if it was the cream substitution, but it still tasted good the next day so a little bit of a skin was no worry. Don’t worry Delicious! I still love you! But AWW did win this round, you’re going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag next time…

So my lovelies, what is your favourite dessert to warm you up on a cold winters night?

Rice Pudding – From The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook

Ingredients

1/2 cup (100g) medium grain rice (I used arborio rice)

2 cups (500ml) full cream milk

250 ml thickened cream (you can use skim milk if you want, but why?)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar

Method

1. Rinse the rice under cold water and spread on the bottom of a shallow, 1 litre baking dish

2. Combine the milk, cream, vanilla and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil

3. Pour the hot milk mixture over the rice and mix gently with a fork

4. Cover the dish tightly with silver foil, bake for 1 1/4 hours at 150 degrees celsius

By Katie

What can I say? I love sweets, in all shapes and sizes! You only live once, so why not indulge once in a while? Or, in my case, most of the time...

5 comments

  1. Gosh, I do love rice pudding!

    I remember when I was a teenager, my parents had gone out shopping or something, and I decided to make “grammy’s rice pudding” for them. I did not know that it was not MY grammy’s recipe and it was also apparently for rice soup.

  2. Rice pudding reminds me of hanging at my neighbours place when I was 8, she made the best rice pudding! And I was totally going to try the delicious recipe! Will be trying the AWW, thanks for the heads up!

  3. Hmm, never had rice pudding before…

    I would say that my favourite cold weather dessert is sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream. Omnomnom…

  4. Seriously thinking of cooking this on Saturday, so I have some questions!

    1. At what point of boiling to I get my milk to? How do I know? In my experience it can be vaguely frothy for a long time then all of a sudden expand in a sea of bubbles out of the saucepan. Do I stop before it even gets frothy? Do I really just want it heated and the sugar dissolved?

    2. Can I use a casserole dish with a lid instead of foil?

    After my poor milo cupcakes I want to avoid more mistakes!

  5. 1. I waited until it was properly bubbling away before I took it off the heat. Keep stirring so that it doesnt burn on the bottom though. You could probably get away with it just heating until the sugar dissolves, but ive not done it that way so dont quote me on it!

    2. If the lid is tight fitting it should be ok. Again, i’ve only tried it with the foil over the top and it just worked so well I didnt want to mess with it! If you do cook it with a lid instead of the foil let me know how it goes!! The only thing I would absolutely suggest is keeping the lid on after the pudding comes out of the oven so that it doesnt get too much of a skin. Although the skin is delicious too 😀

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