Rice pudding has always been a comfort food for me. I know with most people, it’s either a love thing or a hate thing, and raisins add another dimension to that! My mom used to make it for my dad, so it brings back a sense of home whenever I make it. I needed some comfort after I saw Gods of Egypt! My main question for that movie is “What were they thinking?” For my whole movie review and recipe basics visit: https://youtu.be/fux265tiERM, and don’t forget to “like” and/or subscribe 🙂
This is a pretty simple recipe for Rice Pudding which is a favorite dessert in Egypt. For special variations, you could always add raisins, dates, cranberries, pretty much whatever you want. You can eat it right from the stove (well, I mean put it in a dish first!) or after the rice mixture cooks, you can put it in the oven to bake for a nice brown top (the pudding, not you!)
Egyptian Rice Pudding with “Sand”
2 cups cooked rice
1-2 cups of milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/2 to 3/4 cup vanilla wafers, measured then crushed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
To still warm rice in pot, over low heat add milk, (amount depends on where you are cooking it. If cooking on stove top only, then add less milk, about 1 cup. If baking in the oven, then you need to add about 2 cups). Add sugar and stir to dissolve and combine, still over low heat. Cook on low to medium for about 15 minutes. You should still have some milk not absorbed, add more milk if necessary (more milk if baking in oven).
Off heat , stir in beaten eggs. If not baking pudding, continue to cook for at least 3 minutes, constantly stirring, so as to not get eggs scrambled! If you do plan on baking the pudding, you can skip this stove top cooking part, as the eggs will cook in the oven. Either way, remove from heat and add vanilla. You can add raisins at this point, or other extras, and cinnamon and nutmeg, if desired.
If you cooked the pudding with the eggs in it for 3 minutes and plan to serve it now, then sprinkle on your “sand” topping and serve.
If you want to bake your pudding, put rice/sugar/egg/vanilla mixture into a greased oven proof casserole dish or individual ramekins and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes, adding “sand” topping during the last 10 minutes of baking time.
Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.
And no, I don’t usually wear this much makeup,it was just for the movie review! Much respect to those of you who wear eyeliner…don’t know how you do it! Obviously, I don’t know how to do it!