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Hunting the perfect baked rice pudding


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Hunting the perfect baked rice pudding

dduane | | Oct 4, 2008 05:11 AM

My husband and I were down in our local pub last night discussing food and cooking when the topic of rice pudding came up. (Partly because I had just made a small batch of clotted cream / Devonshire cream, had some very rich creamy milk left over from the process, and was thinking about making rice pudding with it.)

When the topic came up, my husband suggested that I was completely out of my mind for wanting to waste this great milk on something as awful and boring as rice pudding. It should be mentioned here that he's a Brit (born and raised in Northern Ireland), one of that generation who went to school long before Jamie Oliver started raising the UK's consciousness about the routine awfulness of school food. For him rice pudding is one of the most disgusting of the desserts routinely presented to kids as part of their school lunch (or "school dinner" in the local idiom).

So I obviously have some rehabilitation to do. I definitely have the urge for rice pudding at the moment, and want to offer Himself something that will look and taste nothing like the dreadful crap rice puddings he had to put up with in school. These (as far as I can determine) were always stovetop puddings, made with as little milk or flavoring as the school kitchen could get away with -- just sort of vaguely sweet glop with rice in it. So what I'd rather do is a baked rice pudding, something with some texture to it and good flavorings, something that will develop a nice crust, and that can be based on that lovely rich milk left over from the clotted cream making (I've got about a US pint and a half of it).

Can anyone suggest a favorite recipe that would match these criteria? I don't want to get too exotic about it: I just want to produce something that will suggest to the husband what rice pudding can really be like if you take some time and care over the process, and use quality ingredients.

And the sooner the better, please, as I have to keep him from just raiding the fridge and drinking that milk. :)

Thanks! --