Yet again, another recipe from the best slow cooker cookbook ever! I did have a little trouble with getting the rice cooked, I had to increase the cooking times a bit and while I'm still not crazy about the consistency, for a first time effort, it came out really good!
- 2/3 C medium-grain white rice (I used Arborio)
- 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
- 2 1/2 C whole milk
- 3/4 C sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 vanilla bean (if you can't find a vanilla bean, one bean is equivalent to 1T of vanilla extract)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 C heavy cream
- 1 t grated lemon zest
- 1/2 t grated nutmeg
2) In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, sugar and salt. Heat until bubbles appear around the edges to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat.
3) Split the vanilla bean down the center and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a small knife; add the bean and the seeds to the cooker. Pour the hot milk into the cooker and stir. Cover and cook on LOW until the milk is absorbed and the custard is set, about 2 1/2 hours (I had to increase the time to just over 3 hours and the milk still wasn't totally absorbed). Remove the vanilla bean.
4) In a medium size bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, lemon zest and nutmeg. Add about 1/4 cup of the hot pudding to the egg mixture and beat well to prevent curdling. Slowly pour the mixture into the pudding in the cooker, stirring constantly until well combined. Cover and cook on LOW for 30 minutes more. (I cooked it for about 45 minutes here).
5) Turn off the cooker and let the pudding cool, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Serve warm or refrigerate to eat cold. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream or fruit (or like I did, with a small squeeze of caramel syrup)