Happy Election Day 2012! Here is one of my favorite comfort foods: creamy, old fashioned Rice Pudding. Unfortunately, as with so many of my favorite foods, I am the only one with cravings for rice pudding in my entire household. But I indulged today, to ease election jitters.
Old Fashioned Rice Pudding
- 6 cups milk (the higher the fat content, the better – I used 2%, as that is what we had)
- 1 cup short to medium grain white rice (I usually use River Rice)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoons sugar (more or less to taste)
Using a double boiler, place water in the bottom pan, and pour the milk into the insert. Add the rice and salt and bring water to a boil. Turn down heat to maintain a light boil, and steam the rice this way for at least 1 hour – until all milk is absorbed and rice is very soft. Stir rice frequently! Sometimes it takes up to 1 hour and 15 minutes or so. Also, make sure that the water in the bottom does not boil off. When the rice is done, add the butter, vanilla and sugar and mix well.
Enjoy the pudding warm with some sugar and cinnamon, or cold with some fruit compote. The rice can be reheated in the microwave, by adding a little milk (or cream) before heating it for about 1 minute for one serving.