When using a vanilla bean, I like to leave it in the pudding and then scrape out the seeds after the pudding has cooled. The seeds scrape out more easily from the softened bean, and the pudding gets an additional boost from the extra time the bean sits in it. This pudding is great as is, but can also be dressed up in dozens of ways (for a few ideas, see Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango, Coffee Rice Pudding, and the variations below).
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Swedish-Style Rice Pudding: Whip 3/4 cup cold heavy cream until it forms medium-firm peaks. Gently fold it into a batch of the chilled rice pudding.
Raspberry Parfait Rice Pudding: In four small wineglasses or parfait cups, alternately layer the chilled rice pudding and fresh raspberries, starting with the pudding and finishing with a few raspberries. (For a special touch, garnish with a nasturtium or another edible flower.)
Rice Pudding Soufflé: Heat the oven to 400°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a shallow 2-qt. baking dish; dust with sugar. Whip the whites of three large eggs until foamy. Continue to beat on high speed while gradually adding 2 Tbs. sugar. Beat the whites until they form medium-firm peaks. Gently fold the whites into a well-chilled batch of rice pudding. Spoon into the prepared dish; bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately with Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce.
I was in search of a solution to a scorching problem when I came upon this rice pudding recipe which brings the milk and rice to a boil on high heat. I have been making a similar stovetop recipe on a gas range successfully for many years that uses less rice to milk. I now have an induction range (electric) I cannot bring the rice to a boil on high even in a very heavy enamel cast iron pot and I cannot raise the temp past #4 of 10 settings. I must now stir the mixture almost constantly and if I double it using 1 gal of milk (I make it for large crowds and it's always in demand) the process takes about 2 hours. I have thought about trying to use a double boiler, a crock pot (a recipe on Facebook uses minute rice) or even a pressure cooker. Any suggestions?
Just like mom used to make it :)
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