For me, it meant some extra quality time with the cutest doggie in the world, So-So Sammy, and the gift of a big bottle of Mexican vanilla.
Oh, what to make, what to make?
Well, the first thing that came to my mind was Rice Pudding. In my memory, vanilla was always at the flavor forefront of my mother's baked rice pudding. But, as with so many of my mother's recipes, I never wrote it down. What was I thinking?
So off to the internet I went.
So many contain eggs, to make a custard. My mother's did not.
Many are cooked on the stove-top. My mother's was not.
I know it contained milk..a lot of milk.
It contained rice..not that much.
Sugar and vanilla and...maybe something else.
So I found a couple of recipes. And went from there.
- About 4 cups of milk
- 6 cardamon pods
- 3/4 cup raw rice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Zest of one orange
- 3/4 cup of raisins
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Put milk in a pot and heat, adding pods of cardamom just before it comes to a boil. Take off the heat and let it steep for about 30 minutes. Remove the pods and mix all the ingredients, except the vanilla, into a large baking dish and put in the preheated oven.
Bake for about two hours, stirring every 20 minutes. After about 1 1/2 hours, add the vanilla and stir in. Bake until rice is very soft and creamy and all the milk is absorbed, adding more milk if it becomes too dry before the rice is soft.
Yes..and no. The basic recipe was, I think, the same. Creamy, from all the stirring, and yummy. A few simple ingredients.
Same, except for the orange zest and the cardamon, which were not in my mom's recipe but seemed like excellent additions. It smelled so good!
Nothing is as cozy as some tasty rice pudding!
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