• November 5, 2015

    Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding

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    I don’t know what it is about rice pudding, it’s not something I grew up eating, but I think it is the ultimate comfort food.  I like it thick and creamy, studded with plumped raisins, and hot off the stove.  And with the cool dampness settling in for the winter, combined with an enduring lack of sleep, I have been deeply craving comfort food. (That, and steaming hot bubble baths.)

    My mother-in-law recently arrived with a suitcase full of all my favourite spices from India – the freshest cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and cloves – so I’ve been using them in everything I can.

    I tossed a cinnamon stick into my go-to rice pudding recipe along with a vanilla bean and a handful of raisins.

    I stood at the stove stirring and tasting the warm pudding and deeply inhaling the sweet steam.  It was like a much-needed warm hug.  Now if only there was a pudding that feels like a nap. 

    The rice I used was Thai sticky (glutinous) rice – I had it on hand and wanted to find out if it would be a good substitute or arborio.  It was great on the first day, but got too sticky overnight.  Stick with arborio.

    Feel free to substitute the vanilla bean for extract (just stir in a teaspoon at the very end) and/or the cinnamon stick for ground cinnamon (just swap in a teaspoonful at the same point in the recipe).

    And I would totally support your decision to add an ounce of rum with the cream.

    Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding

    Thick, creamy rice pudding with cinnamon and plump raisins. Delicious hot or chilled, it's my ultimate comfort food.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups 2% or whole milk
    • 1/2 cup arborio rice
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 cinnamon stick broken
    • 1 vanilla bean scraped
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream

    Instructions

    • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk to a boil with rice, raisins, sugar, butter, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon stick and salt. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 hour, until rice is very tender.
    • Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. Slowly add 1/2 cup of hot pudding to yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs. Slowly whisk egg mixture into remaining pudding in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes, until pudding thickens. Remove from heat; stir in cream. Transfer to a shallow dish and chill 4 hours, up to overnight, pressing plastic wrap directly onto the surface to avoid a pudding "skin".
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    susan
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    susan

    can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

    susan
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    susan

    can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

    susan
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    susan

    can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

    Unhip Squirrel
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    OMG… I am obsessed with poached eggs!!! Seriously!!! If I am able to successfully do this, you will have changed my life.

    Zo @ Two Spoons
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    Awesome! Am so trying this for breakfast, but thanks to you it’ll only take a minute 😀 Would putting a small plate over the ramekin or cup work instead of plastic wrap? 

    Emilia
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    What a brilliant idea!  I really like eggs, but rarely make them that much because I’m terrified of undercooking them…I’ll definitely have to include this microwave poached egg in my quest to improve my egg-cooking skills.  Seriously amazing 🙂

    Judy
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    Judy

    I tried it this morning and yes you did find a easy and quick way to microwave the PERFECT poached egg!  Thanks looks like I will be having poached eggs alot more often.

    Judy
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    Judy

    I tried it this morning and yes you did find a easy and quick way to microwave the PERFECT poached egg!  Thanks looks like I will be having poached eggs alot more often.

    Lauren
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    Lauren

    YOU ARE AMAZING!  i absolutely adore poached eggs but i don’t even know how to make them the “old fashioned” way so i can only get them when i go out to restaurants!  for breakfast this morning i had poached eggs and toast and a cup of tea and it was the perfect way to start my day!  you are a genius, i never would’ve thought to add the vinegar…oh by the way, did i mention that i was able to have this fabulous breakfast out of my on-campus college apartment?? yum. 🙂

    Lauren
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    Lauren

    YOU ARE AMAZING!  i absolutely adore poached eggs but i don’t even know how to make them the “old fashioned” way so i can only get them when i go out to restaurants!  for breakfast this morning i had poached eggs and toast and a cup of tea and it was the perfect way to start my day!  you are a genius, i never would’ve thought to add the vinegar…oh by the way, did i mention that i was able to have this fabulous breakfast out of my on-campus college apartment?? yum. 🙂

    Sweetpeasmommy3
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    Sweetpeasmommy3

    I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!&#160 Thank you so much!&#160 I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin!&#160

    Sweetpeasmommy3
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    Sweetpeasmommy3

    I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

    Sweetpeasmommy3
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    Sweetpeasmommy3

    I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

    Sweetpeasmommy3
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    Sweetpeasmommy3

    I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    That was delightful! Good call.

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    That was delightful! Good call.

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    That was delightful! Good call.

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    That was delightful! Good call.

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    That was delightful! Good call.

    dbelle
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    dbelle

    Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

    dbelle
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    dbelle

    Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

    dbelle
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    dbelle

    Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

    bullokie
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    bullokie

    This recipe is fantastic. Now to atone to the chicken gods for all the rubbery abominations I’ve microwaved in the past…
    Pro tip: if you prick the yolk with a toothpick you reduce the chance of explosion by 63%.

    bullokie
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    bullokie

    This recipe is fantastic. Now to atone to the chicken gods for all the rubbery abominations I’ve microwaved in the past…
    Pro tip: if you prick the yolk with a toothpick you reduce the chance of explosion by 63%.

    Tiffany Dunois
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    Tiffany Dunois

    I just tried this and it worked out great! I used a a cereal bowl and my microwave is 900volts so it took 45 second then a turn and then another 30. Your times were a great starting point, I didn’t even have one lost egg!

    Tiffany Dunois
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    Tiffany Dunois

    I just tried this and it worked out great! I used a a cereal bowl and my microwave is 900volts so it took 45 second then a turn and then another 30. Your times were a great starting point, I didn’t even have one lost egg!

    Laura Mittelstadt
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    Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    Laura Mittelstadt
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    Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    Laura Mittelstadt
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    Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    Laura Mittelstadt
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    Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    Laura Mittelstadt
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    Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    S
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    S

    I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

    S
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    S

    I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

    S
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    S

    I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

    S
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    S

    I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

    S
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    S

    I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

    Erin Parcher-Wartes
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    Erin Parcher-Wartes

    I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado &#38 simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl &#38 a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank… Read more »

    Erin Parcher-Wartes
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    Erin Parcher-Wartes

    I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado &#38 simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl &#38 a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank… Read more »

    Erin Parcher-Wartes
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    Erin Parcher-Wartes

    I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank… Read more »

    Erin Parcher-Wartes
    Guest
    Erin Parcher-Wartes

    I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank… Read more »

    Erin Parcher-Wartes
    Guest
    Erin Parcher-Wartes

    I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank… Read more »

    Jay Parnell
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    Jay Parnell

    I aint no cook, but that was awesome. I truly surpassed myself!!

    Jay Parnell
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    Jay Parnell

    I aint no cook, but that was awesome. I truly surpassed myself!!

    Vic
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    Vic

    No need to fuss with the plastic wrap. Just cover with a dessert sized paper plate.

    Vic
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    Vic

    No need to fuss with the plastic wrap. Just cover with a dessert sized paper plate.

    Ash
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    Ash

    Turned out great!!

    Ash
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    Ash

    Turned out great!!

    Ash
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    Ash

    Does it need to be white vinegar? I only have malt 🙁 I’m going to try it anyway haha

    Ash
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    Ash

    Does it need to be white vinegar? I only have malt 🙁 I’m going to try it anyway haha

    Ash
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    Ash

    Turned out great!!

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