Meringue Topped Rice Pudding
The key to good rice pudding is its texture. So for the best rice pudding, cook it slowly. Overcooked pudding will have the texture of a solid mass rather than the creamy mixture that makes this dessert so desirable. Long-grained rice works best; try basmati, jasmine, or popcorn rice for even more variety.
This recipe was featured on Martha Stewart Living TV.
Martha Stewart Living, November 1999
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups cooked long-grain white rice
- 4 cups whole milk, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish; set aside.
- In a medium-size heavy-bottom saucepan, combine rice, 3 cups milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick and creamy, about 30 minutes.
- In a liquid-measuring cup, whisk together the egg yolks, remaining milk, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Stir into rice. Add raisins and cinnamon. Cook until raisins are heated through, about 2 minutes. Pour rice mixture into the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Increase speed to high, and gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cream of tartar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until stiff but not dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, spoon meringue on top of the rice, covering entirely. Transfer to the oven, and bake until the meringue is golden brown, about 5 minutes.
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