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Arborio Sweet Rice Pudding


rice_pudding_shutterstock_293321936By Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch Cooking for Kids and Cowboys
Arborio is a short-grain Italian rice that contains a higher percentage of soluble starch than regular long-grain rice. It's the starch that gives arborio its characteristic creaminess, which makes it ideal if not only for risottos but also for this creamy, rasin studded pudding.  It will keep, tightly covered in the refrigerator, for several days, but it's really best eaten right away.

I recommend using all organic non GMO ingredients.


3/4    Cup Aborio rice
2        Cups water
1 3/4  Tablespoons vanilla extract
1        Tablespoon Honey
2        Tablespoons raw unrefined sugar
1        Cup rasins
2        Cups rice milk or organic milk
1/4    Teaspoon, ground cinnamon


Bring the rice and one cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.  Reduce the heat to a simmer.  Add the remaining water 1/4 cup at a time and stir until liquid is absorbed.  Add the vanilla, honey and sugar.  Cook over medium heat just until the honey and sugar has liquefied and the mixture is hot. Add the rasins and stir to distribute them throughout the rice. Stir in the rice milk.  Continue simmering until the milk is absorbed.  Remove from heat.  Spoon the rice into 6 individual serving dishes, sprinkle each portion with a dash of cinnamon, and serve.  Or, if you prefer, refrigerate the pudding and serve it cold.

Makes 6 servings

Reprinted with permission from the National Bestseller, The Imus Ranch:  Cooking for Kids and Cowboys by Deirdre Imus. Published by Rodale, Inc.




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