Friday, June 8, 2012

Maple Brown Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts.  It's creamy and toothy all at once, and brown rice pudding is the toothiest of all.  Brown rice is full of fiber which makes is more chewy than white rice.  Its more substantial nature makes it a great choice for rice salads and other dishes where you want the rice to stand out.

This rice pudding recipe takes a little time, but it's simple to make and has just a few ingredients.  It's best warm and can be garnished with chopped nuts or a little strawberry or cherry preserves.

Start by mixing 1 C brown rice in 2 C water with 1/4 t salt.  Don't rinse the rice, as you want the starch in this recipe.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.  You should have 2 C cooked brown rice for the recipe below.

2 C cooked brown rice
1 12-oz can evaporated milk
1/3-1/2 C maple syrup
1/4 t cinnamon, or to taste
1/4 t nutmeg, or to taste
1/2 C raisins (optional)

1.  In the same pot that you cooked the rice, add the evaporated milk, maple syrup, spices and raisins to the cooked rice.

2.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer, stirring frequently.  Be careful that it doesn't burn.

3.  Cook until the pudding is very thick and creamy, 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm.

You can re-heat any leftovers in the microwave or in a pot over low heat.  I like to eat leftover brown rice pudding for breakfast instead of oatmeal.

Feel free to play with the spices.  You can make a delicious chai-flavored version with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and a little black pepper.

Today's bounty included:

From Sage Mountain Farm:  Red Russian kale, strawberries, garlic, cipolloni spring onions, 8-ball squash, chantenay heirloom carrots, and chioggia beets;

From JR Organics:  Red leaf lettuce, strawberries, and pickling cucumbers;

From Jaime Farms:  Basil, hot house red peppers, and hot house green peppers;

From Massa Organics:  Brown rice;

 From Sweet Tree Farms:  White nectarines and flavorosa pluots;

And from Silver Lake Farms:  Ginger.



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