It doesn't take much to mak the Toddster incredibly happy. He's a simple man with simple tastes. Rice pudding does it for him every time. I am one of those cooks who can't leave well enough alone however . . . and today I just about outdid myself with this lovely version of rice pudding I created just for him. I had been sent a lovely jar of Manuka Honey a while back and I decided that it would be perfect for both sweetening and flavouring this delicious dessert.
*Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk,
Cardamom, Vanilla and Manuka Honey*Serves 4
one heaped dessertspoon of manuka honey (about 1/4 cup)
Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the rice, cinnamon and cardamom. Heat, stirring, until quite fragrant. Whisk in the milk, coconut milk, water and vanilla bean plus scrapings. Bring up to a gentle simmer and then reduce to low heat and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the rice is very tender and the liquid has thickened somewhat.Stir in the honey and raisins. Cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how thick you like it. Take off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes prior to serving. You may thin with a bit of milk if you think it's too thick. Best served warm. This will keep in the fridge for several days. Gently reheat with a bit of milk in that case.
You don't actually have to use Manuka Honey in this, but it is supposed to be very good for you. Ths rice pudding would be delicious no matter what honey you use. Bon Appetit!