So, as I mentioned, I am off today and staying home to take it easy. Sort of. So far today I have done three loads of laundry. Gone to the county's treasury office and purchased our county tags and the dog's license. Gone to the grocery store. Unpacked and put away the groceries purchased at the grocery store. Picked up and straightened up around the house from where the hubby has been home alone, and while he tries, he just doesn't seem to be able to put things back where he finds them. Surfed the web a little, and, made my Mom's rice pudding.
I have been craving Mom's rice pudding for quite a while now. I kept telling myself to try and make it, then something else would come up and I would put the recipe aside for another time. Cakes, cookies, pies, they have all been great lately, but I have still had a hankering for the rice pudding. Today, when I got back from the grocery store and got my kitchen back in order I decided to make up a batch. It's really simple to make and doesn't require a lot of ingredients. I think it took me less than 30 minutes to have a potful cooling on the counter. I would love to tell you it makes "x" number of servings, but (hangs head sheepishly) I usually end up eating spoonfuls of it as it is cooling and it seldom makes it into serving bowls. :} I am going to guess 4 to 6 servings since there were 5 of us growing up (Mom, Dad, myself, my sister and my brother). When it's warm, I eat it as is. Once it cools I have been known to add a little milk to it. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream to it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
My Mom's Rice Pudding
1 cup instant rice
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup raisins
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine rice, milk, salt, cinnamon, sugar and raisins in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, over medium heat, while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer slowly for 15 minutes, stirring often.
Pour a small amount of the hot mixture into the eggs and mix well. Then, add the eggs into the pan and mix well. Add vanilla. Bring back up to a simmer again and turn off burner.
When served you can add freshly grated nutmeg, or a little cinnamon.