Rice Pudding with Dried Cranberries

During my early teenage years I used to love watching the Cosby Show. We used to sit down, as a family, and watch the weekly adventures of the Huxtables. There were some classic episodes on that show. I loved the episode when Theo learned about the ‘real world’ and his family turned the entire house into a case study for him on life on his own. There were many classic episodes with Sondra and Alvin getting into arguments. Rudy was cute and she had some hilarious friends. Bud was a riot but my favourite was Peter! One episode I loved was when Cliff bought a juicer and Rudy and Peter decide to juice grapes on their own. Purple juice splattered all over the kitchen and they ran out not knowing how to stop it. Cliff buying the juicer was one example, of many on the show, portraying his weakness towards gadgets. It didn’t matter if it was a kitchen gadget, a power tool or some other electronic device, Cliff would regularly come home having purchased whatever is the newest and greatest item!

I need to confess that Cliff and I share the same weakness. I love to walk through Home Depot and look at power tools. I could spend countless time looking at electronic devices at Best Buy. In Toronto there is a store called Kitchen Stuff Plus and it has endless shelves of kitchen gadgets. The store is incredible. We have so many kitchen gadgets. On our kitchen counter and the shelf downstairs there is a panini press, slow cooker, griddle, rice cooker, espresso machine, kitchen aid mixer, hand mixer, rice cooker, food processor, sausage stuffer, ice cream maker, meat grinder, pasta maker, plus more.

Some of the appliances get a lot of use and others collect dust. ย For example, the ice cream maker hasn’t been used in ages. One small appliance that gets plenty of use is our rice cooker. I use that rice cooker every single week and I love it! It is so easy to use and it makes the perfect rice every time. We could get rid of a number of our kitchen gadgets and I wouldn’t miss them all that much. But the rice cooker is one that I would replace right away. It’s awesome to have.

Today’s recipe is nothing fancy or original. It is a basic rice pudding recipe that uses leftover cooked rice. This time I have added dried cranberries but there are many times that we add raisins. It is great warm or cold.

Rice Pudding with Dried Cranberries

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Bring the cooked rice 2 cups of the milk and sugar to a boil. Lower heat to that it is a low boil. Do not have it at too high a heat as that could scald the milk.
  • Stirring often, cook for 20-25 minutes. The rice should absorb much of the milk.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Slowly stir the egg and milk mixture into the rice pudding. Mix in the dried cranberries, vanilla and cinnamon. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Remove from the heat and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

 

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

4 comments

  1. I really love rice pudding but for some reason have never made it. I also love kitchen gadgets – if only I had a bigger house. I want a rice cooker for sure – I promised myself I’d buy it next time we make sushi at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rice pudding reminds me of my childhood. We used to have it a lot after school. I love the addition of the cranberries you did here-yum!
    Our house is a small one so I am very cautious on the gadgets, but there are always some wants on the list!

  3. Mmmm, rice pudding ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s nothing more comforting and reassuring that a warm cup of rice pudding with cinnamon to me! I’m not sure I’d like the cranberries, but it’d be very worth a try.

  4. In Denmark we make rice puddings with almonds for Christmas, but serve it with cherries instead of cranberries. Could be interesting to try this version.

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