Rice pudding is a dessert whose main ingredient is rice mixed with cow’s milk, coconut milk, or goat’s milk and is one of the most versatile and simple foods to make.
It is a very classic dish and there are too many ways to make it, but the one that people choose the most is to take an already cooked rice and blend it with cow’s milk and sugar in a saucepan. The result is a creamy and delicious delicacy. However, there are variants of this delicious dessert, such as the baked rice pudding, i.e. cooking it in an oven.
Today we will prepare a delicious baked rice pudding: an exquisite delicacy that you can enjoy as breakfast, dinner, dessert, or even as a snack.
Ingredients and preparation of baked rice pudding.
- 2 cups of cooked rice.
- 3 eggs.
- 3/4 cup of sugar.
- 3 cups of cow whole milk.
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence.
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon.
- 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg.
- 1/4 tsp of salt.
How to prepare
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and fill a 2.5-quart baking dish.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, except for the rice.
- Stir the cooked rice with a fork so that the grains separate well and there are no lumps. Then add the rice to the mixture in the large bowl and mix until it gets smooth.
- Bake the mixture in the oven for one hour or until the pudding becomes crusty.
What can be added to a baked rice pudding?
Some ingredients you can use to make your baked rice pudding a little more special include raisins and whipped cream. Both of these ingredients can be mixed to make the baked rice pudding filling.
Another ingredient you can add is orange zest. If you add a little of orange juice as well, the rice pudding will have a fantastic aroma.
A very popular baked rice pudding is the vegan version. Vegan baked rice pudding is made by replacing the whole cow milk for a different one, for example, coconut or almond milk. Also, other recipes include cocoa powder, so you can enjoy a delicious chocolate flavored baked rice pudding.
For more ideas, perhaps you’d want to visit the following link where you’ll surely find a good recipe: carolinarice.com/cooking/how-to-make-the-perfect-rice-pudding/
Freezing and reheating baked rice pudding
If you want to save your baked rice pudding to eat later, you can put it in your refrigerator in a plastic container for up to 3 days. And if you decide to store the baked rice pudding for a longer time, you can use a freezer-friendly plastic container and store it for up to 3 months.
As for reheating, this step can be done using the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes if it is a large pan or portion. For small portions, a few minutes in the microwave will be OK.
It should be noted that baked rice pudding is best eaten fresh and recently made. Although the flavor would not change too much, the texture of a 2-3 days old pudding changes a little, and the sensations on the palate could be somewhat different.
Curiosities of baked rice pudding
Baked rice pudding is a world-famous food and each country has its version. In Spain and Latin America this dessert is known as Arroz con Leche, in Egypt it is usually referred to as Roz bil-laban and in India it is called Kheer or Payasam, depending on the region. Using the proper ingredients, you can make a gluten-free baked rice pudding, which would be a healthier snack. However, if you decide to prepare this dessert with different ingredients, be sure not to include sugar and use another sweetener instead.
Baked rice pudding differs from the casserole-cooked version since it forms a crust during the baking process but keeps the interior soft and hearty. Besides, it’s an excellent way to use leftover rice that may have been prepared for any other meal of the day.
We hope you make this baked rice pudding at home and enjoy it a lot with your friends and family. See you next time!