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I know you’ll enjoy making our Grandma’s Simple Rice Pudding Recipe with your children. It’s very easy to make, especially when you use Boil In Bag rice.
Growing up, our Mother had a Fanny Farmer’s cookbook that she used all of the time. It was well-worn and many of the pages were covered with fingerprints. Although the recipes inside were wonderful, the fingerprints inside were the important part. They were like breadcrumbs leading you to a trail of our most-loved recipes.
This cookbook was very important to her and it even had a special place of honor in our kitchen pantry. At some point, Mom also started to use it as a trapper keeper of sorts too. Whenever someone passed on one of their family’s favorite recipes, or she came across one in the newspaper, she would stuff it into the pages of her cookbook.
As time went on, her beloved cookbook became quite bloated and was always on the verge of exploding. (Do you remember The Seinfeld episode with George’s wallet?) Anyways, if you didn’t take it down from the top cupboard very, very carefully, bits and pieces of recipes would come showering down all over the place. And when Mom caught you, you got “the look.”
Now that I’m an adult and have a family of my own, I fully understand why Mom coveted these delicious recipes. She loved us and always wanted to feed us delicious, nourishing meals made from scratch. Mom knew that the heart of every home is always the kitchen and she wanted to instill this in us as organically as possible.
When I think back to my most favorite memories of my childhood, they often involve cooking in the kitchen with Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Pop. Whether it was making ice cream or homemade pasta with our parents, or learning how to cook apple pancakes and rice pudding with our Grandparents, we were always in the kitchen.
The funny thing about cooking with your children is that in addition to it being a lovely way to bond with them, it’s also a great learning experience. With every ingredient they sound out and every measurement that they ask me about, they’re using their reading and mathematics skills. As they go find the ingredients in the cupboard or fridge and gather up the measuring cups and spoons, they’re learning. When they get to have a voice in what your family will eat each week, they become more interested in food. It’s an organic way for them to learn. No pressure. No tests. Just good old fashioned fun with lots of love.
So when we were asked to create a recipe using Uncle Ben’s Rice, I immediately knew which one I wanted to share with you all. Our Grandma’s Rice Pudding. It’s incredibly simple to make and whenever our parents went away on a business trip, she would make it for us to eat while we stayed at their house. There is nothing more comforting when Mom and Dad are away than to smell Grandma’s rice pudding simmering on the cooktop while Pop had you painting with flowers at the dining room table.
I know you’ll enjoy making our Grandma’s Simple Rice Pudding Recipe with your children (or grandchildren) too. It’s very easy to make, especially when you use Uncle Ben’s Boil In Bag rice. Obviously, there are some tasks that you need to do for them – like boiling water! – but they can certainly help mix, measure and pour!
Before I give you Grandma’s Simple Rice Pudding Recipe, I also wanted to let you all know that October 15th is International Cook with Your Kids Day! So make sure you check out the Uncle Ben’s Beginners Contest where you can enter to win $15,000 for your family and $30,000 towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school! Learn more here.
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GRANDMA’S SIMPLE RICE PUDDING RECIPE
- 3 large egg yolks
- 9 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup half-and-half
- 2 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 Boil-In-Bag rice packages, cooked
- Whipped Cream, for topping
Step 1: In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and half-and-half. Set aside.
Step 2: In a saucepan, boil two bags of Uncle Ben’s Boil-In-Bag Rice according to package directions. Drain well.
Step 3: In a medium saucepan, add turbinado sugar and cornstarch. Using a spatula, mix the two ingredients together so there are no lumps of cornstarch visible. Turn heat on medium-high, and add milk, in 1/4 cup increments, and keep stirring. Turbinado sugar takes longer to dissolve than white sugar and the milk needs to be completed heated in order for it to dissolve. Do NOT let the mixture boil.
Step 4: Once the turbinado sugar is completely dissolved, add nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk until incorporated. Reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 5: Now, temper the egg mixture by stirring in a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the eggs. Then, pour the egg mixture into the milk mixture slowly, stirring constantly. Cook on low heat until thickened. Depending on your cooktop, this could take up to 5-6 more minutes. Again, keep stirring continuously so the eggs do not cook and the milk does not boil.
Step 3: Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Add rice, little by little, until you reach your desired consistency. My kids only like me to add about 1 1/2 bags of Uncle Ben’s Boil-In-Bag rice, so I save the leftover rice to add to soup the following day. Let cool to room temperature, approximately thirty minutes. Serve warm, or refrigerate until cold. The choice is yours. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar, and enjoy!
P.S. The heart design is optional. To do this, I cut the top off of a plastic food storage bag and used it as a stencil. Just draw a heart on it and cut the heart out of the bag. Sprinkle the inside with cinnamon sugar and carefully pull the plastic food storage bag off.