A creamy rice pudding is the perfect winter comfort food.
A creamy rice pudding is the perfect winter comfort food. 123rf

RECIPE: Embrace your inner dag

THERE'S something incredibly comforting about a good rice pudding, particularly in the winter months.

Over the past few years I have crossed to the Dark Side, so to speak, and been making this childhood favourite with black glutinous rice and coconut milk for an Asian-inspired hit of vegan yumminess.

But this week, with friends coming for dinner amid howling windstorms and chilly temperatures (and being all out of black rice in my pantry) I embraced my inner dag and made the version my mum used to make.

Medium or short-grain rice works best for this dessert. Try calrose, sushi or Arborio varieties, as long-grain rice won't give you the creamy texture you need.

You can flavour rice pudding with dried fruit and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, and it's delicious with vanilla stirred through. When buying vanilla, avoid the imitation essence if you can. The real deal is a little more expensive, but you don't need much and it lasts well in the pantry after opening.

Creamy rice pudding

Serves 4

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup uncooked calrose, sushi or Arborio rice

1 3/4 cups milk, divided

1/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

1 large free-range egg, beaten

1/3 cup sultanas

1 tbs unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla essence or

1/2 tsp vanilla paste

1 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg

 

METHOD: Place rice in a medium saucepan and add boiling water to 1cm above the level of the rice.

Bring to the boil, cover and reduce heat to very low; steam rice until all water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes.

While rice is cooking, combine 1 1/4 cups of the milk with the sugar and salt.

Heat on low until hot, then add the rice and cook, stirring gently, until creamy - about 15 minutes.

Stir through remaining milk, egg and sultanas and cook for a further two minutes, stirring gently.

Remove from heat and stir through vanilla and butter. Divide into four bowls or cups and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Contact Maggie at maggies.column@bigpond.com


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