I went with a good friend to New York the weekend before Christmas last year. It blows my mind that it was practically a year ago.
There were a mountain of people visiting that weekend. It didn't help that it was unseasonably warm. We went skating in Central Park and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I had never done either.
We also ate copious amounts of rich and delicious food. We went to a restaurant that only served mac and cheese and another store that only sold rice pudding. You have to make a good product if you're going to be so specialized.
I ordered a creamy and decadent German chocolate rice pudding. I have been thinking about making my own for almost a year.
The chocolate rice pudding recipe came from allrecipes. I added more cocoa powder, an egg, coconut flakes, and pecans. I used basmati rice, which was a bad choice. You live and learn.
The ingredients are 3/4 cup rice, 1 1/2 cup water, 1 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup raisins, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 cup sweet coconut flakes, and 1/3 cup pecans.
I cooked the rice and water for 12 minutes. The pan was covered, and I didn't stir. The water was already hot when I added the rice. After 12 minutes, I lowered the heat to low. I added the milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
I also added raisins, butter, a beaten egg, and the cocoa powder.
I stirred this constantly over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes. The pudding became thick and most of the liquid was absorbed by the rice or evaporated.
I added the coconut and pecans and stirred for another 3 to 5 minutes.
I removed it from the heat, and it was ready to be consumed. You can eat rice pudding warm or cold straight from the fridge. I prefer cold, but the pudding in these pictures was warm.
Rice pudding doesn't look like much, but it is a delicious, hearty dessert. The pecans and sweet coconut flakes were great additions. Raisins are not traditionally in German chocolate cake, but they're so chewy and desirable in rice pudding I couldn't omit them.
This wasn't as good at the rice pudding I had in New York. It wasn't as creamy. I should have used arborio rice instead of basmati. I also should have used cream instead of milk. Oh well! I still enjoyed my insufficiently creamy pudding.