I’m making this old-fashioned rice pudding for the sole purpose of stuffing it into some paczki for Fat Tuesday. I’ve completely lost my mind, right??
I have to admit I am a bit apprehensive about whether or not I’ll actually be able to pull the whole thing off.
One, I have never made paczki.
Two, I’m not sure the rice pudding will last around here until Tuesday morning.
I’ve made some rice pudding in my time. It’s pretty easy and I like it, but I am trying to do better about what I put in my body. That being said; Fat Tuesday is tradition, and I have been needing a little food adventure in my life.
This rice pudding is the type you bake in the oven in a water bath, so you need a pan big enough to house your casserole dish that the pudding will be in. And you need patience. Sometimes it takes awhile.
Gather some basic ingredients and let’s roll!!
What You Need:
Butter to grease up your casserole dish.
4 large eggs
3/4 c granulated sugar
3 c milk
1 c heavy whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 c cooked rice, cooled (leftovers work)
1 c raisins
What You Do:
Preheat oven to 375°
Grease the bottom and sides of the casserole dish with butter.
Combine eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk it.
Slowly pour milk and cream into the sugar and eggs. Whisk it good.
Add the vanilla and cinnamon. Keep whisking.
Stir in the rice and raisins.
Pour mixture into the buttered casserole dish.
Create a water bath by placing the filled casserole dish inside a larger, oven-proof dish.
Add about 2 inches of water to the larger pan (enough to fill about halfway up the side of the rice pudding dish). This method will help the pudding to have a custard texture.
Carefully place this into the oven so you don’t spill water.
If using a 9x 13” or slightly larger pan, bake for 60-90 minutes or until the top has set. It could take up to 2 hours, depending on your oven and how deep the pan. A deeper pan that is smaller in square inches will take longer. Be patient.
Serve warm or cold with a little cream. Or, you can get wild like me, and stuff it in, well, whatever ya like!!
Come back tomorrow to find out how the paczki turn out, ok?? And even if you don’t, I hope you have a fine Fat Tuesday, and successful lent season.
Love, peace and bacon grease!! Chelle