Tuesday, November 18, 2008


After dinner, we'll have some rice pudding for a treat!

Mom, what's rice pudding?

Uh, well, its pudding with rice in it.

Mom, why do you put rice in the pudding?

Uh, well, so you can call it "rice" pudding, I guess.


So, I guess its pretty obvious that we don't have rice pudding a lot in our family. I tried. I really did. I truly had an open mind too. I was glad I read the Q&A's where I learned about the "fatal type-o" in the cookbook. I think this could have been a REAL disaster if I hadn't. A lot of people struggled with this recipe, so I've decided not to take this one personally. I think I would tweak it a bit if I were to do it again. Like I might leave out the rice and cook it at a higher temp. Except I think the rice provides the starch that makes it a "pudding". Anyway, here it is.

The ingredients were simple. And lovely. Who doesn't love whole milk, sugar, vanilla, and smooth bittersweet chocolate together? The Arborio rice was beautiful and delicious too. I think I'll use the rest to make Giada's stuffed tomatoes.

This was near the end of the cooking process. Dorie said the rice would start to peek through the surface when it was near done. I now know I should have cooked it slightly longer.

I decided to try both white and black versions. I really love a good vanilla flavor, but who can resist a good dark chocolate? They didn't set up well enough to be photogenic, so this is the final picture. And it has saran wrap over the top. Sorry! It was a bit soupy. I liked the vanilla best actually. There was a simple sweetness to it that was quite yummy. But the rice didn't seem to fit.
My favorite part of this recipe is how my sweet kids responded. I served it to them and they asked a few more questions, but ate it slowly. HUGE red flag!!! I asked them what they would give it on a scale of 1 to 10. They said 1000!!! (I gave it a 6.) Then I went to the gym and they finished eating with my hubby. He told me later that they picked the rice out and said it was weird. I guess they didn't want to hurt my feelings!!! Awwwwww! Who knew????

The complete recipe is here if you want to give it a shot.

I'm not sure I'm sophisticated enough to be a pro at rice pudding yet, but I make a mean rice crispy treat and nobody worries about hurting my feelings when I serve these up.
Super Yummy Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats
1/4 c butter
1/4 c peanut butter
1 bag marshmallows
6-7 cups rice crispies
1 c milk chocolate chips
1 c semi sweet chocolate chips

In a large pan, melt butter and peanut butter together over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

Remove from heat. Gently stir in rice crispies. Press into greased (with butter) jelly roll pan (10x15).

In glass bowl, mix chocolate chips, then microwave for 2 minutes or until glossy. Stir until smooth and unified in color, then spread on rice crispy mixture. Pop those babies in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until the chocolate sets up. Slice and enjoy!!


Whitney said...

Looks like your rice pudding fared better than mine did! Mine was more like rice soup. Still tasty but not quite a pudding. :)

And I am always a sucker for a good rice krispy treat. Mmmm.... I might have to get some rice krispies at the store tomorrow and make them.

April said...

I am absolutely sure that my kids would not have been that nice. What good kids!

The end product looks good though, but I must say that I would prefer the rice crispie treats. I am not a fan of custardy type stuff with chunks in it. I don't even do oatmeal.

HoneyB said...

Yumm. I'll take your rice krispie treat anyday! :)

April said...

I formally give Sarah the purple star award (as seen two post below) for her bravery in navigating uncharted baking territory even when it was something she was not enthused about. We are all so proud of you...including your kids it sounds like. :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your pudding looks yummy even if it is a bit soupy. The rice crispy treats look even better! Yum!

wildthayn said...

Thanks for my purple star award April!! I think that's my first food award. Oh wait, I won a chili cook-off once. But there were no stars awarded, only t-shirts.