Simple Riz au Lait

I say nothing is better than a nice bowl of rice pudding on a cold rainy (or snowy) day. If you like desserts, of course. But then again, you can’t really trust people who hate desserts, I’m just saying. For some of you who are not familiar with the idea of sweet rice, let alone rice AND milk, at least hear me out first. I found out about riz au lait when I was 6, I remembered I was reading a kids encyclopedia about rice in all over the world. In that encyclopedia, France was the only country that introduced the idea of rice as a dessert. I was skeptical at first of course, but the 6-year-old me didn’t know that in 12 years, I would have a completely different opinion about it.

I made this by myself a few years ago and my whole pan was overloaded with rice pudding. Apparently, I didn’t know that a small scoop of rice could serve at least 4-5 dessert bowl. But long story short, all of my friends who lived in the same apartment building as me received a big bowl of rice pudding, and I’m telling you there’s A LOT of them. And as something so simple as just rice and milk (that’s basically what’s in rice pudding since in French riz au lait is just… rice with milk), my friends seemed to really liked it.

Prep time: None
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

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What you’ll need:
– A small scoop of rice
– 3 cups of milk
– 1-2 cup water
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
– 1-2 tablespoons of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
– Topping of your choice (I went for the strawberry jam but you can really be creative and go for anything here)

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Add the rice and the milk to a cooking pot and stir it in a medium heat.
Just before the milk is boiling reduce the heat and keep stirring the rice and milk in a low heat.

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While it’s half boiling, add 1 tablespoon of sugar (1 tablespoon will make it somewhat sweet they way I like it, but if you like a sweet one you can add another tablespoon).

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Close the lid, note that you should NOT close it completely otherwise it might boiled over and create mess all over your stove (experience talking hereee! :p)

Keep checking and stirring occasionally.

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Once the rice softens, add 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence and the cinnamon powder.

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Stir the mixture for another 3-5 minutes until it looks creamy and porridge-y.

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Transfer the rice pudding into a bowl and again… THIS, this is your moment to be creative.

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Well ok, mine works fine even with just some simple strawberry jam and extra cinnamon powder.

Like I said, nothing’s better than a warm bowl of this sweet dessert on a cold night. All you need is a warm blanket (and Netflix, preferably) and you won’t have a care in the world!…At least until you finished that whole bowl, but then of course… there’s still some left and you can start about not caring all over again!

 

PS. A little footnote by the way, since it is around winter time now (or in my case rainy season), I will definitely post a lot more winter comfort food. So please expect many warm and delicious dishes that will give you aaaall the fuzzy-feelings you can get.

 

Stay warm snowballs,

TLMC

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