Friday, February 09, 2007

Lessons learned...

I distinctly remember making rice pudding for my Spanish class in high school and loving it, so I was really excited to make it again. But in my mind it's not rice pudding if it's not baked. (I thought this was a Spanish thing, but apparently it's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing.) In fact, it needed a lot of alterations. Where was the cinnamon? The raisins? The nutmeg? So I went hunting for other recipes. I compared a few and combined and winged.

Some of the recipes called for 1/2 cup rice to 4 cups milk, and some only called for 1/4 cup. So I split the difference and used 1/3 cup. I used vanilla soymilk, but also used the 1/2 cup sugar and the teaspoon of vanilla that my recipes called for. Definitely a mistake. It sure did smell good though.

In my insistence that rice pudding must be baked I managed to forget that we don't have an oven...

I cooked it for the 3 1/2 hours that it called for, but had to get to sleep before it was done. I left a note for Shawn to give it another half hour if it still looked runny, then to cover it and stick it in the fridge. He later told me he gave it another hour and gave up. In the morning it has solidified though. And don't be grossed out by the skin. It's supposed to have that from the spices.

My biggest mistake was not taking in to account the vanilla soymilk's sweetness. It pretty much ruined it. If I were going to make this recipe again I would use a plain rice milk and regular raisins, added towards the end of baking. But I don't think I will. I might try the actual posted recipe though, with coconut milk. And quartered. I just don't need this much rice pudding.

5 Comments:

At February 09, 2007 6:35 PM, Blogger Carla said...

"combined and winged" is one of my favourite styles! If I'd made it I would have baked it, too, because when I was reading the recipe I started imagining mushy creme brulee.

That dish fits perfectly into your toaster oven! And it wastes less electricity than a full-sized oven.

 
At February 09, 2007 6:35 PM, Blogger Carla said...

p.s. anybody want to suggest the next recipe? It's Friday!

 
At February 09, 2007 8:09 PM, Blogger ellie said...

What about paella? I've been wanting to make that for ages now. There are 3 recipes over here - http://www.vegcooking.com/searchrecipes.asp

 
At February 10, 2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Urban Vegan said...

Well, it sure LOOKS good!

 
At February 10, 2007 2:03 PM, Blogger mishka said...

ellie - paella sounds good! why don't you make an intro post? :)

I just found something that I thought looked good, maybe for the next week. It's an omelette made with chickpea flour...

 

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