Holiday Rice Pudding

win_20161209_181507If you’ve been following Crowded Earth Kitchen for a while, you know that our favorite recipes are those that are stone simple to prepare but taste and look a little bit fancy. We’re all about kitchen trickery.  😉

win_20161209_174021Holiday Rice Pudding falls into this category. It begins with… wait for it… leftover rice. You know, that container of rice you shoved in the fridge after last night’s dinner? We’re going to turn it into something fabulous! All you need is about 15 minutes and a few basic ingredients. Let’s get started!

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win_20161209_180145Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6)

2 cups cooked white rice

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice (or substitute cinnamon)

1/4 cup raisins

1 tablespoon rum


Step 1) Sprinkle 1 tablespoon rum over raisins; set aside.

win_20161209_180117Step 2) Combine rice and evaporated milk in a medium size saucepan or skillet. Bring to a “barely there” boil over medium heat with constant stirring. This will only take a few minutes. Do not stop stirring for more than a few seconds, or the bottom will burn!

win_20161209_180820Step 3) As soon as the mixture just barely comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Stir in sugar and Chinese five spice. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 – 15 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

Step 4) Remove from heat and stir in raisins. Holiday Rice Pudding may be served warm or cold. This dish is lovely as a dessert or decadent breakfast!

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