One of the firsts that we had as a family that night was baking rice pudding. Martha had never made it ever, my dad loved it but hadn't made it himself, and though I had made it before, it was always stovetop. Andrew had sworn off rice pudding since an unexplained childhood incident, but we were all ready to tempt him into it!
After all was said and done, the pudding was out of the oven and into the bowls and bellies of the two "old folks" and Andrew (I couldn't partake, the nasty stomach wouldn't let me!) I realized that I needed to get ahold of the recipe that had turned my fiance back around onto the creamy decadence of rice pudding, and made my dad exclaim that it was the "best he'd ever had". Off went an email, and this was her reply, verbatim, in italics (the two alterations I knew about to the recipe are in red):
This is the recipe, from 'Better Homes & Gardens 'New Cookbook', which is the cookbook that has been my bible for over twenty years. I couldn't find a publication date, but it is over twenty-five years old.
3 slightly beaten eggs
2 cups milk (we used 1% but whole is implied in the recipe)
1 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
- In bowl, combine eggs, milk, rice, sugar, raisins, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mix well.
- Bake in 10 x 6 x 2 inch baking dish at 325 for 25 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Continue baking till knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes longer (because of the 1% milk, we wound up cooking it about 40 minutes the second time. Do the "jiggle test" for custards if you're unsure).
- Serve warm or chilled with light cream, if desired.
- Serves 6.
Nutritional Info (from me, for the original recipe with 1% milk) per serving
Total Fat: 3.4 g
Cholesterol: 110.3 mg
Sodium: 68.9 mg
Total Carbs: 45.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
Protein: 7.4 g
Thanks, Martha, you're one of the most inspirational and emotionally uplifting, not to mention interesting, opinionated and fun people I've ever met! I'm so glad my dad has you in his life!