With its creamy top and perfectly cooked rice, this rice pudding recipe has just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg to make it perfectly addicting. This is a longer recipe to produce, but it's well worth the work! Be sure to make it when there are guests coming who can help polish it off in a day or two. Yield: serves 8 people
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours20minutes
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
6tablespoonsunsalted butterplus 1 tablespoon for pan
4 1/2cupswhole milk
3/4cuplong-grain white rice
Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Coat a 9x13x2-inch casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Prepare a cool water bath.
Combine the milk and 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt in the top of a double boiler (with simmering water in the bottom to prevent scorching) over medium heat. Add the rice and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Cover the double boiler and cook for an additional 25 minutes or until the rice is still tender yet firm. Set the top of the double boiler into the water bath and stir the rice to cool the mixture and stop the cooking process.
While the rice is cooking, in a medium bowl, whip the egg yolks briefly, then stir in the vanilla.
In another medium bowl, mix the sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add this spice mixture to the egg yolk mixture and stir until well blended.
Pour the cooked rice mixture into a large bowl. Add the egg mixture, heavy cream, and remaining 3⁄4 stick of butter and stir until well blended.
Pour the rice pudding mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Set the casserole dish in a larger roasting pan and add enough water to the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Remove the roasting pan from the oven (with the casserole dish still in the roasting pan) and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the casserole dish from the roasting pan and set it on a cooling rack. Cool the pudding for 1 hour at room temperature, then refrigerate the pudding until it is completely chilled.