Whip up this rich rice pudding when you're craving a less traditional dessert. Feel free to play around with the spices and flavorings to find your favorite combination.
8 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter or stick margarine
1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain rice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur) or 1/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat sour cream
Ground cinnamon (optional)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy Dutch oven; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat (about 15 minutes). Stir in rice and salt; reduce heat to medium, and cook 45 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir occasionally, about every 5 to 10 minutes initially, and then as pudding begins to thicken, watch and stir every few minutes to prevent sticking. Do not boil. Place egg in a bowl; gradually add 1 cup hot rice mixture to egg, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return egg mixture to pan; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add raisins, amaretto, vanilla, and sour cream; stir well. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
If you want a more traditional rice pudding, omit the amaretto and almond extract, and increase the vanilla extract to 1 tablespoon. Also you'll need an extra 1/4 cup of water.