Homemade Rice Pudding
takes milk, rice, and sugar and produces a wonderfully sweet and
creamy dessert which so often evokes feelings of nostalgia that we
think of it as a 'comfort' food.
crisp is perfect when the weather turns cold. There is something so
appealing about warm baked apples covered in cinnamon and sugar,
made all the more tasty with a crisp and crunchy topping.
Bread Pudding starts
with bite sized cubes of bread that are covered in a rich
custard-like mixture of cream, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract
and ground spices. more
My personal favorite pumpkin
pie recipe is this Pate Brisee recipe, as I like its' wonderful buttery
flavor and crumbly texture. more
Vanilla Pudding is smooth
and creamy with the wonderful flavor of pure vanilla extract.
Homemade granola is
simply a mixture of rolled oats, coconut, and almonds that are mixed
with melted butter and honey and then baked until golden brown. The
result is a wonderfully crisp textured cereal with just the right
amount of sweetness. more
porridge of my youth started with 'rolled' oats which are oats that
have been cleaned, toasted, hulled, steamed and then flattened into
flakes and, depending on the thickness of the flakes, are labeled
either 'old-fashioned' or 'quick-cooking'
light and refreshing desserts I enjoy in the heat of summer
are very different from the warm and comforting desserts my
body craves during the cold of winter. There
are all sorts of recipes that are perfect 'winter' desserts,
but puddings are particularly well suited for this time of
year. Puddings contain the most basic of ingredients (milk,
sugar, eggs, flour, fruit and/or spices) and their simple
flavors satisfy our need for nostalgic foods. Plus, who wants to drive around town on a dark night trying to
find some exotic ingredient for a complicated dessert when
making a creamy smooth pudding will more than suffice.
sometimes use the word 'pudding' to mean any sweet dessert.
But if we put that meaning aside, Webster's' Dictionary
defines 'pudding' as a thick, soft dessert, typically
containing flour or some other thickener (cornstarch, rice,
tapioca), milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener. Sweet puddings range from milk based to custard based and
can be steamed, cooked on the stove (sometimes in a double
boiler) or in the oven (usually in a water bath). The trick is to cook them slowly to prevent curdling so the
end result is a soft and creamy dessert that can be eaten
hot, if you can't wait, or cold, if you can.
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