I’m a big fan of my rice cooker. I had never seen one until I dated PB and that was many moons ago. In 1991 to be precise! I couldn’t believe that we ‘westerners’ were still cooking and burning rice in a pan when such a device as a rice cooker was a common cooking tool used by asians. This was 21 years ago, not recently! Only lately has the western world woken up to its awesomeness, meanwhile I’ve been a convert for 21 years.
I’m also a big fan of creamy rice pudding, this gets confusing for my kids who are also raised eating asian style rice porridge, a savoury version of the same thing.
I make rice pudding in the oven sometimes, this way takes a long time so if I want some fast the rice cooker is the way to go.
Ingredients are similar to cooking plain rice so use as much rice as you need. My measurements are one example.
4 cup of rice (I use long grain for rice pudding)
(1 cup of rice for 2 people)
Cook rice according to your rice cooker instructions.
I rinse the rice a couple of times and it’s not because the rice is dirty as I’ve heard some tv cooks state! Rinsing the rice is to reduce the starch, have you noticed the misty, white water, well that’s starch. I then place my hand on top of the rice, palm down and add enough water to just cover the top of my hand. It’s that simple. Then lid on (after removing my hand of course!) and switched on.
While the rice is cooking mix together
1 cup of milk and 1 cup of cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
When the rice cooker switches to ‘warm’ life the lid, loosen the now cooked rice with plastic rice paddle. Then pour in the milk mix including the cinnamon stick. Replace lid and leave on warm for 15 minutes.
Simple Rice Pudding is READY It’s that simple!
Serve hot or cold. I pour cream on top of individual serves and you can sprinkle extra sugar on to suit individual taste.
A sugar and cinnamon sprinkle mix is very nice, lightly sprinkled on before serving.
The great flexibility about simple rice cooker ‘rice pudding’ is that you can experiment with added flavours like mixing in chocolate or coffee or banana. Or individual serves can be flavoured depending on individual choice.
Rice pudding is delicious the following day hot or cold, unlike many desserts that are stale the following day.
Have fun experimenting.