Have you had the pleasure of reading through new kitchen-based entertaining magazine, Good Company? If not, I highly suggest giving them a peak- They made a great companion to my afternoon Bellocq Majorelle Mint tea!
For Christmas, Melissa and Sam gave me a collection of cookbooks (in addition to other goodies like hand made fleur de sel caramels!) from my favorite chef, Ina Garten. Naturally, I just had to test out some recipes over the holidays. I made rum raisin rice pudding (which tastes just like the Haagen Dazs ice cream flavor!) from this Barefoot Contessa cookbook and practically licked the bowl. If you like rice pudding, you MUST try this!
3/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons dark rum
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups half-and-half, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 extra-large egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum. Set aside.
Combine the rice and salt with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stir once, and simmer, covered, on the lowest heat for 8 to 9 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. (If your stove is very hot, pull the pan halfway off the burner.)
Stir in 4 cups of half-and-half and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, until the rice is very soft. Stir often, particularly toward the end. Slowly stir in the beaten egg and continue to cook for 1 minute. Off the heat, add the remaining cup of half-and-half, the vanilla, and the raisins with any remaining rum. Stir well. Pour into a bowl, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Serve warm or chilled.