Rice pudding is a dessert that you can stir together and then, basically, forget about. Using short-grain or Italian arborio rice for this recipe really does make a difference.
1/3 cup short-grain white rice, (or Italian arborio)
3 cups hot milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup raisins, (totally optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Before you do anything else, preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C).
Have your young helper stir together the rice, hot milk, sugar and butter in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish and slide it into the preheated oven. Let bake, uncovered, for 2½ hours, stirring about every half hour or so - or whenever you think of it. If you're using raisins (Dustin hates them, Jared loves them - it's a dilemma in our house) add them only during the last half hour of the baking time.
Remove pudding from the oven, stir in the vanilla, and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Let cool before eating. Is this not the best thing in the world?
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