RICE CUSTARD WITH CARAMEL TOPPING

 RICE CUSTARD WITH CARAMEL TOPPING

 6 servings

 

  • 3
    eggs or the equivalent of 3 eggs in egg substitute, IE, Egg Beaters, at
    room temperature and beaten slightly
  • ½
    teaspoon salt
  • ½
    teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3
    cup sugar or the equivalent of 2/3 cup sugar in granulated sugar substitute
  • 3
    cups milk, scalded
  • 1
    tablespoon butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1
    cup well-drained cooked rice (1/3 cup dry uncooked rice before cooking)
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼
    cup toasted slivered blanched almonds (see note)
  • 1/3
    light brown sugar or the equivalent of 1/3 cup brown sugar in
    granulated brown sugar substitute, firmly packed
  • Sweetened
    flavored whipped cream or other desired whipped topping of choice for garnish (optional)

 

In
a medium bowl, combine eggs, salt, and nutmeg, beating lightly.  In the saucepan in which milk is scalded,
dissolve sugar in hot milk; add butter and stir until butter is melted.  Add sugar/milk mixture to eggs in a fine
stream, stirring constantly.  Stir in
cooked rice and vanilla.  Pour mixture
into a lightly buttered shallow 1½-quart baking dish.  Or, fill 6 (4½-inch diameter) or 8 (3¼ -inch
diameter) heat-proof glass baking dishes, dividing evenly.

 

Place
custard-filled baking dish in a larger pan filled with an inch of water.  Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350
degrees F.) for 35 minutes, or until a table knife inserted to one side of
center comes out clean.  Stir custard
twice during baking.  Remove baking dish
from the water bath and sprinkle toasted almonds and brown sugar evenly over
the top of the custard.  Bake individual
custards in the water bath for about 25 minutes or until tester inserted in the
center of each of the custards comes out clean.

 

Turn
off oven heat and turn on broiler.  Broil
custard 3 to 4 inches from heat source to melt brown sugar.  Watch constantly, as brown sugar burns
quickly.  Remove from the broiler the
instant the sugar melts.

 

Serve
warm or chilled, plain or garnished with sweetened flavored whipped cream or
other whipped topping as desired.

 

Note:
To toast
almonds, place nuts in one layer on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake in a preheated slow oven (325 degrees F.) for about 7 to
8 minutes or until nuts are lightly browned.

 

Variation: For a more caramel flavor,
add a few drops or to taste caramel flavoring to the custard/pudding mixture.

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