There isn’t much I look forward to more than a creamy dessert waiting to be enjoyed and today that meant rice pudding with golden raisins. Make it early in the day and allow it to cool, on the countertop or in the fridge, and you’ll be rewarded in the evening with smiles all around.
This recipe, originally from Paula Deen, can be found in my “Missouri to Maui” cookbook. I altered the recipe only by using golden raisins instead of the dark as the golden variety always plumps better, retaining their burst of flavor. I also used short-grain rice; although the original recipe doesn’t mention what type of rice to use, I prefer short-grain sticky rice any time I’m cooking. Do use a double boiler to prepare this as the condensed milk cannot stand much heat. Don’t forget to keep an eye on it and stir frequently. Adding the vanilla after the pudding finishes cooking supplies both flavor and a hint of color to the dish.
If you’re a rice fan and a pudding person, combine those likes into a fabulous treat for yourself and those around your table. A healthy dollop of whipped cream or cool whip only adds to the fun. Enjoy!
½ cup uncooked rice
3 cups boiling water
½ t. salt
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
4 T (1/2 stick) butter
½ cup golden raisins
1 T. vanilla
Directions Measure rice, boiling water, and salt into top of double boiler. Cook over rapidly boiling water until rice is tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in condensed milk, butter, and raisins. Cook, stirring frequently, over boiling water until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla Serve warm or chilled. Serves 8.