Sunday, 9 December 2012

Christmas Rice Pudding

As we are merrily in December I've decided it's only fitting to start overloading you with festive recipes. Christmas is absolutely hands down my favourite time of year, OK, it may have something to do with the fact that my birthday pretty much coincides with Jesus, but hey I just love it. 

I love the carols, I love the festive cheer that everyone has, I loved endless parties in school with consumption of an unspeakable number of mince pies, I love the cold uninviting weather = lots of mugs of hot choc and tetley tea, I love spending time with my family and most of all, I love the food. I love the fact that's it's totally acceptable to eat 'an entire days worth of calories in one sitting'. I love the fact that you live off leftovers for the next few days and get to smother everything in cranberry sauce. I just love it :D

I've had the idea of making a christmas rice pudding floating round my head for a while now, but was unsure of proportions/ratios etc. Until whilst scrolling through Pinterest I found this recipe, Ok yes it's for oatmeal.....so I changed it up a bit and voila: rice pudding here you are :)

It's produces an absolutely divine smell that magically wafts its way around the kitchen and whole house :) And is ever so irresistible to eat, just one more spoon, just one more spoon....you know how the story goes. 

Even though it's technically a dessert, I find it works very well warmed up in the microwave for the following few days as a wholesome and filling breakfast. Well it has fruit and oats....what more could you want?


Serves 8

Ingredients

- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- 3 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 Apples (diced small)
- 1 cup Dried cranberries 
- 50g Butter (cut into mini chunks)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 3/4 cup Risotto rice
- 1/2 cup Oats
- 3 cups Apple juice
- 3 cups Water


Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a saucepan. Add the diced apples and cranberries. Toss well to ensure an even coating with the sugar mixture.




Top with the butter pieces.




Mix the oats, rice, salt, water and apple juice together in a bowl and pour over the apple mixture. Do not stir!!




Cover and cook on a medium heat for an hour. Stir occasionally and if it requires, add more water. Taste check to rice to know when cooked, the rice should be soft but not mush.

Stir again before serving :)







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