Rice puddings: why are they so delicious?

Megsy Food

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In a world where there are thousands of recipes for dishes that appear to be authentic artworks, it’s important to take a step back and consider those meals that we really love, meals that don’t try to be more than they are: honest food. Just simple and delicious dishes that transport us to places and moments that make us feel special. What we call nowadays “comfort food”.

Rice pudding is one of those basic yet wonderful recipes. Perhaps there isn’t a single person in the world who doesn’t recall his mother or grandmother cooking it, feeling the delicious aroma it produces even before it’s cooked, and the urge everyone had to enjoy it while it was still hot.

Rice pudding has become one of the most recognizable meals in the world, not only because of its distinct flavor but also because of the simple ingredients, which are present in almost any kitchen, and how simple it is to cook

And we can’t forget to mention the number of health benefits that come with this dish, since it provides the vitamins, minerals, and carbs necessary to produce the energy we need every day.  

When we think of rice pudding, we think of its creamy, thick, custard-like texture, as well as the aromas that make us feel more comfortable.

Why? Rice pudding is made with rice, milk, and, of course, sugar; for the fragrance, some people add vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, or a combination of those ingredients.

Rice pudding: baked or stovetop cooked?

Since it is such a well-known dish, there are many variations, practically one for each country or culture, and they can all be grouped into two main categories based on how the dish is prepared.

The method used to prepare any food has a significant influence on the final result. In the case of rice pudding, you have two options: bake it or cook it on the stove. You’ll get a tasty rice pudding no matter what you choose, however, flavors and textures differ greatly!

  • If you cook it on the stove, the rice pudding will have a texture that is considerably thicker, milky, a bit mushy, and very tasty, comparable to that of a conventional “rice pudding.”
  • On the other hand, if you choose to prepare it in the more traditional, baked style, you will get a rice pudding with a texture more similar to that of the custard, and if you add a little cinnamon and a few raisins, the final result will be a very delicious rice pudding.

As you can see, it doesn’t matter which method you prefer because they both lead to an excellent rice pudding, but keep in mind that by baking it, you get the advantage of serving it in many ways and for different purposes.

Here is a baked rice pudding recipe that surely you will love:

Baked rice pudding

This is a version of the regular rice pudding, but just adding the egg and varying the way you cook it, the final result changes. Moreover, you won’t need to worry about stirring and so on. In the meanwhile, you can prepare the rest of the food or take care of other tasks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk.
  • 1 1/4 cup of medium-fat liquid cream.
  • 4 1/4 oz (120 g) of round rice.
  • 3 7/8 oz (110 g) of sugar.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • 2 egg yolks.

Once you’ve got all the ingredients follow these instructions step by step:

  1. Preheat the oven to 320º F (160º C).
  2. Combine milk, sugar, cream, rice, and cinnamon in a saucepan.
  3. Put it on high-heat and when it starts to boil, lower the heat and cook for ten minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. When time passes, remove from the heat and let it warm for fifteen minutes.
  5. Add the egg yolks, stir well to integrate, and put in an oven-resistant tray. Bake until rice is tender, which will take about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Remove and let cool, so that it is much easier to unmold and cut and not risk breaking.

This recipe is perfect for cold days, when you’re feeling lazy and just want to eat something really easy to make and delicious to taste.