Rice pudding is the quintessential comfort food. Whether it be a cold stormy night or a sunny afternoon picnic, rice pudding seems to always hit the spot.
According to experienceproject.com "Rice pudding is an ancient dish enjoyed by people of many cultures and cuisines. The food traces it's roots to grain pottages of made by middle eastern cooks. It's long been associated with good nutrition and easy digestion and was first mentioned in medical texts rather than cook books. Food historians believe that rice came to Europe by way of India. Rice pudding was a popular dish during Shakespeare's time. The Bard alludes to making it at a celebratory feast in A Winter's Tale, Act IV, scene iii, lines 37 through 49."
After scouring the internet for the perfect rice pudding recipe, I found "Grandma's Rice Pudding" at TasteofHome.com The recipe is as follows:
- 1-1/2 cups of rice (cooked)
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups of whole milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- Additional milk (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook rice as instructed on package.
- Grease a casserole pan.
- When rice is finished cooking, mix raisins into it.
- In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, 1-1/2 cups of milk, sugar and nutmeg.
- Spread rice mixture on the bottom of the casserole dish.
- Pour milk mixture on top of the rice.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Serve with additional milk poured atop.
This recipe is to die for! It is very easy to make and is full of the creamy flavor and texture that one loves about traditional rice pudding. For those who really love raisins, I recommend adding a half cup of raisins to the mixture instead of the quarter cup.
The recipe and instructions for this dessert can be found at the following link:
Baltimore residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD. 21209
1020 West 41st Street
Baltimore, MD. 21211