Traditional Rice Pudding
Cooking Desserts With Grains A Traditional Family Favorite
An Old Grain Revisited.
Rice has traditionally been a staple food in many countries around the world and it has withstood the tests of time to remain a staple food product in most modern homes today.
Generally served as a side dish with an evening meal this grain has other benefits when prepared as a dessert rather than as a side dish.
As a desert rice pudding is a tasty nutritious treat that has been prepared for thousands of years in the past.
Rice is a grain well tolerated by most people.
The first rice puddings were served using honey as a sweetener and using goats milk to create it's creamy texture, but over time and as this dish moved to different countries, it was refined into the rice pudding that we now know today.
Convenient, and low cost to prepare, this simple recipe may be one that you might want to take a little closer look at.
Low fat, low sodium, and safe for most people with allergies to other grain products, rice pudding is a delicious and nutricious treat to serve to your family. It doesn't take a lot of time to prepare and it is a healthier alternative to today's packaged pudding products.
A Delicious Dessert Made from a Simple White Grain
Traditional Rice Pudding Recipe:
2 cups cooked rice
3 cups one percent milk
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of raisins
1 tablespoon non-hydrogenated margarine (contains no transfats)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a large pot combine rice, three cups of milk, sugar and salt. Stir constantly while you cook this mixture over medium-high heat for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes or until rice mixture begins to form a thick creamy texture.
2. Add in raisins and cinnamon. Beat egg into remaining one half cup of milk and then add into the rice mixture. Stir constantly while adding the egg to prevent it from cooking too quickly. Cook for approximately three to five minutes more.
3. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and then add in margarine and vanilla. The pudding will thicken as it cools so don't worry if it appears to be quite liquidy. Rice pudding tastes best when it is served with either a quarter cup of milk, or a scoop of ice cream added into the dish that it is served in.
Short on Time - Make it Quick!
For something just a little different simply delete the raisins when preparing the traditional rice pudding recipe. When pudding is slightly cooled add instead a different fruit of your choosing.
You can add in one can of diced peaches to create a wonderfully delicious peachy rice pudding. If your tastebuds are craving something with a little more zip, skip the raisins and the peaches, and instead add in one can of diced mandarin oranges to give your rice pudding dish a truly unique flavor.
Never be afraid to experiment with your recipes. You might be amazed at what you come up with!
© 2009 Lorelei Cohen