Cooking centres me and I’ve been in a bad place for weeks. So today, bake!

Ended up with a carton of egg nog I don’t like because waaaay too much sugar so I’ve decided to experiment and make a rice pudding with it 🤭

The egg nog has 3x the sugar of normal rice pudding recipe 😱 A large ceramic baking dish full of toasted short grain rice
Bay leaves; old fashioned British style 😋

I toasted the rice - it’s why it’s brown 🥳 Using premium medium grain Japanese rice - the closest to sticky short grain I have on hand. Won’t stick as well, might be tad soupy!

[vid: slowly pouring evaporated milk over toasted rice]
It’s going to be SWEET! Don’t have any citrus to offset so I added lots of cardamom which has citrusy notes. I cannot believe how much sugar is in this carton of egg nog!! 120g of added sugar by my calculation

This rice pudding recipe usually has 50g

[vid: pouring egg nog in]
Give it a stir! Then in 159c/300f oven for 45 mins before last stir

So curious how this will come out! If it’s good I might do it again but with higher quality & less sugary commercial egg nog.

After last stir the top will be BLANKETED with nutmeg before baking another 1.5hrs
YARFH typos!!! Normally 40g of sugar!! And 150c 🤣

Damn these shaky hands and my dyslexic brain.

Recipe is a mix of Delia Smith’s classic recipe, my Nan’s recipe I grew up with (as much as I remember) & pre-Victorian methods/ingredients 😋

Delia’s:

deliaonline.com/recipes/meals-…
Today’s:

160g Japanese medium grain rice (better: sticky rice! shortest grain the better)
1L carton crap egg nog (968ml on label 🤣)
1 can evaporated milk (around 400ml size, mine was 354)
20g butter to slowly toast rice in a frying pain
2 bay leaves
LOADSA cardamom
5-10g nutmeg
OKAY FIRST STIR AND REMOVING BAY LEAVES HAPPENED

Tastes... amazing??? V spicy even without nutmeg top. Gotta love cardamom. It is VERY sweet.

Oh damn this reminds me I meant to add salt and forgot. Oh well - evap milk is p salty

[vid: giving the partly cooked rice mix a stir]
Rice is starting to plump. With super short grain sticky rice (pudding rice in UK) it would be plumper and sticker already.

Never used this rice before for a pudding! I don’t like risotto/arborio/vialone nano like a lot of people sub with

[vid: close up of the rice stirring]
I find risotto rice varieties are kind of sticky, but also bitey in an unpleasant way for pudding?? Like... you’ll get clumps but it doesn’t get fluffy or soft? Wrong kind of starch!!

Japanese rice should be better but this is medium grain (not sushi rice)

[vid: shaking nutmeg]
Oof so much nutmeg. Couldn’t keep filming and actually get it out of the jar.

And yes, yes, grating a whole fresh one would have been better but this is a pandemic and we don’t have to get fancy for a good pud

It is a LOT of nutmeg. I love the crust this will turn into. Partially baked liquid, completely covered in grated nutmeg
Ok back in 1.5 hours hopefully it’ll plump up properly and set!
Finished! Let it cool down, ate a portion. Surprisingly SO good!! I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to use egg nog except for if I wanted to do a holiday themed version, but it came out even more delicious than I hoped!

In progress > done. Excuse my well used oven 🤭 A rice pudding baking in a ceramic dish in the ovenAll done on the stove top. It’s golden and the top looks cThe pudding cut open and portions taken out. It looks dense
The fancy Japanese medium grain rice actually worked REALLY well. It’s not sticky and super clumped like normal, but it is fully set and SO fluffy and soft. I think I might like it better?

Also, VERY spiced 😋 A portion of well cooked rice pudding in a nice dish

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