Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dr. Phil rice pudding saved my marriage!

The author of the cookbook I got this recipe from claims that when the recipe was first published, she got mail from many people saying that this dessert had saved their marriages. Well, I'm not sure it could replace couples counseling, but isn't rice pudding one of the ultimate comfort foods?

I used a leftover mix of cooked basmati and wild rice for this. The recipe actually calls for short grain rice, but any rice you have on hand will do. Raw rice triples in volume when cooked, so I skipped the first step and used 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice. I also left out the raisins because no one but me likes them.

Creamy Rice Pudding (from Simply Heartsmart Cooking by Bonnie Stern)

1/2 cup raw rice (preferably short grain)
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
pinch salt
5 cups milk
pinch nutmeg
1/4 raisins (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon

1. Combine rice with boiling water in a large saucepan. Cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed.

2. Combine sugar with cornstarch and salt. Whisk in 1 cup milk. Stir until smooth.

3. Add sugar mixture and remaining milk to rice in saucepan. Combine well. Add nutmeg and raisins. Stirring, bring to a boil.

4. Cover and reduce heat to barest simmer and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the mixture is very creamy. Stir occasionally.

5. Stir in vanilla. Transfer pudding to a serving bowl and sprinkle with cinammon. Serve hot or cold. Makes 8 servings.

Note: If you like crème brûlée, place chilled pudding in a flat, ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sifted brown sugar. Place under the broiler until sugar melts (watch it closely so it doesn't burn!)

I attempted to get a picture, but you know what? Rice pudding is about as photogenic as, well, rice pudding. Trust me, it really does taste much better than it looks.

We like to serve this pudding with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top (Mr. M's favourite because it reminds him of his childhood) or with a fruit compote as pictured here.

Rice pudding: delicious, filling and a whole lot cheaper than alimony!


At March 22, 2006 3:35 p.m., Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

I don' t care much for rice pudding, but the picture looks like a yin yang...oh and I love your placemats ,they would match my plates perfectly:)

At March 22, 2006 4:56 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I love the stuff! And your pic does look yummy. That's a great recipe. I need to try that because we always have left over rice and I could use it in a good way!

At March 22, 2006 5:11 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Mmmm. Rice pudding! Haven't made that in ages! I guess when you have kids, you start thinking of what our moms used to make that we loved so much.

At March 22, 2006 6:05 p.m., Blogger Claire said...

Rice Pudding is the German's favorite! I actually never had it until I moved here. I may try the recipe, but the German doesn't believe in recipes. He just throws things in a pot, and somehow it always tastes good.

At March 22, 2006 6:58 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

I may try this one, it does sound so good !

At March 22, 2006 9:07 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

oh I must say, since i did see dr phil yesterday, there was a lady on there that said she had to watch it. And she was so addicted that she came home and sat down, ignored kids and watched it for an hour... even though it was tivoed.... horrible!!!

So funny, that show is pretty entertaining..

At March 22, 2006 10:34 p.m., Blogger Windrose said...

Looks yummy to me and haven't had it in ages either. I'll try your recipe! Every Newfoundlander I've met so far seems to like rice pudding, too.

Please fill me in on the Dr.Phil part. Is that the nom de plume for the newspaper doctor?

By the way, I like your website. I'm going to send my sister a link to it. She lives in Connecticut with two children who are growing up bilingually in the reverse situation than yours.

At March 22, 2006 10:41 p.m., Blogger mar said...

I love rice in any form.
Arroz con leche...I shoud try your recipe! thanks!

At March 22, 2006 10:44 p.m., Blogger mar said...

That was a very nice coincidence, posted here and came back to my blog to find your nice comment :¬)

At March 23, 2006 12:19 a.m., Blogger Clarity25 said...

That looks really good, I have to jot down that recipe

At March 23, 2006 12:27 a.m., Blogger traveller one said...

Expattraveller-- i saw that Dr. Phil episode too and was just about to mention it-lol!!
Christina- as a side not, Bonnie Stern has a cooking school in Toronto and my cousin attends classes there quite often, but more than that, Bonnie has a bookclub and my cousin also attends it. She says its a very interesting book discussion. Humm wish I was living back in Toronto!

At March 23, 2006 1:09 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

I was never a big fan of rice pudding or Grießbrei until I moved to Germany. I love both now.

I get all happy when my Grießbrei isn't stirred up quite enough and it's a little chunky.

At March 23, 2006 1:28 a.m., Anonymous farangmum said...

sorry.. I just can't eat rice pudding or griesbrei. I've tried to like it but its just too hard.

At March 23, 2006 1:28 a.m., Blogger lily b said...

I love rice pudding but my husband can't stand it, so I don't it would do anything good for my marriage. I can still make it for myself, though!

At March 23, 2006 2:08 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Comfort food indeed--one of the best. I probably can never make it, however, since we just found out Donica has diabetes. Rice sends her sugar through the roof. But when I find it, I always choose it to eat! Love that stuff.

At March 23, 2006 3:37 a.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

That's one thing that wouldn't save me from anything. I just can't stand rice pudding.

At March 23, 2006 7:52 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

do you know that I have never tried rice pudding?
I may have to try this, ummm someday if the hubby lets me into the kitchen.

At March 23, 2006 8:52 a.m., Blogger lettuce said...

We haven't had rice pudd for ages - my husband loves it, I'll try your recipe this weekend. (Wont give up the counselling just yet though.....)

We have had bananas and custard a few times recently - another great comfort food!

At March 23, 2006 1:27 p.m., Blogger Sparky said...


At March 23, 2006 2:49 p.m., Blogger christina said...

I guess rice pudding is like brussels sprouts - love or hate - nothing in between.

Germans love rice pudding, they call it Milchreis and sell a special kind of short grain rice to make it. This recipe is quite similar to the German way of doing it on top of the stove. I can remember my mother making rice pudding in the oven and using eggs so it was kind of custardy. Quite a different thing all together.

Windrose - Dr. Phil is a psychologist and TV personality who dishes out relationship advice.

traveller one - Wow, it would be so exciting to meet Bonnie Stern! I have two of her cookbooks and really rely on them a lot.

ginnie - I wonder if making it with brown rice and lowering the glycemic index would make any difference? I've seen quite a few rice pudding recipes for diabetics where they just substitute the sugar, but if D has problems with rice, it probably wouldn't be worth the risk.

Sparky! Get Mutti to make you some! ;-)

At March 23, 2006 6:28 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

Yumm! I've been thinking about this recipe and my mouth has been watering since yesterday! It is now simmering on my stove. I wonder if I can resist the temptation to keep "testing" it as I go along? ;-)

At March 23, 2006 11:17 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

I love rice, but I'm in Lily's boat -- my boyfriend claims he hates rice. I think he just hasn't had GOOD rice yet, or rice pudding. Maybe I'll sneak him some between the pizza and the... well, pizza... that he prefers. (I'm easing him out of bachelorhood.)

I don't, however, love Dr. Phil. To "Dr. Phil is a psychologist and TV personality who dishes out relationship advice," I would add: "He is grating, annoying, and he never talks, he yells. Usually his advice is B.S. He causes Angie to change the channel whenever he appears, and seriously contemplate moving to Europe, where people (rightly) have no freaking clue who he is."


At March 24, 2006 1:12 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love rice pudding and Dr. Phil! and brussel sprouts! I guess I'm just easy.

Anonymous Wabbit
(I've really got to remember my user name and password.)

At March 24, 2006 2:04 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I've never had it, but you make it sound tempting!

At March 24, 2006 3:40 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

Yum! Rice pudding is great; it was one of my favorite desserts as a child.

At March 24, 2006 10:22 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Betsy - I hope it turned out. Ours was gone in about a day.

angie - Take it slow and you may even be able to get him to try it. I had to work on my husband for years before he'd eat some of the stuff he eats now. As for Dr. Phil - he scares me. :-)

Wabby! - You'd make the perfect dinner guest! You not only need to remember your password, you need to star a BLOG! That would be funnnn.

Mr. Fab - Get the Mrs. to whip some up for you!

Tim - Well, with a last name like Rice I should hope so! :-)

At March 24, 2006 12:34 p.m., Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

It looks wonderful! Is it hard to make?


At March 24, 2006 1:19 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Cynthia - it's really easy, you just have to remember to stir it now and then and keep the heat very low so it doesn't burn.

At March 24, 2006 9:12 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

Man-oh-man... now I gotta go cook something...

Tell me before I go, do you love to cook as much as it seems you do? No flattery, but it looks like you put a little bit of your heart into everything you make. I seriously don't know anyone who makes such beautiful dishes for their family. Not even Muttis, and that's saying something.

At March 25, 2006 8:17 a.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

What is cornstarch????


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