Dorie talks about how rice pudding is something that children are brought up on and adults seek for comfort, and it is SO true! I haven’t made rice pudding before tonight but one thing is certain, it was a resounding theme at college! Who would have thought right? I can remember in my freshman year the sheer number of my peers that would reach for a pot of rice pudding over a pint of ice cream when cramming for an exam or just when they were missing a home cooked meal. I had never been brought up on rice pudding, for me it was creme caramel, so I didn’t understand the texture and certainly didn’t appreciate it for many years, but this is easily a dessert that I will be making for my girls for a long, long time to come – they both loved it! And why wouldn’t they?
Today, Mei had her first day of school! She has been raving about her teacher, who everyone calls Teacher Michelle, since we met her this past April and even more so after we sat and chatted with her at orientation just over a month ago now. If Mei knew how to skip, she would have skipped enthusiastically the ENTIRE way from the parking lot straight into class – but alas, she ran!!
She started out with an art project, which she lovingly put her handprints all over (she is very into handprinting anything these days, meticulously tracing the outline of her hand with crayons or even Emily’s feet… ) then moved onto playing in the sensory tub which was loaded up with little dinos that she buried with the help of the dump trucks that were jammed into the cornmeal “sand.”
After playing with some blocks and helping one of the six boys in her class of eight children figure out how to put a baby in a trolley, everyone gathered around to read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle.
She sat the closest.
Mei sang all the songs, quickly catching onto the repetitive lyrics then shouting the lyrics to all the boys who were particularly shy today.
She had the most excellent first day at school and we shopped for some apples and pears after school to make our rice pudding together.
Once Emily had gone down for a nap and everyone had lunched, Mei carefully peeled the apples and pears so I could cut them up and measured out the rice before running off to enjoy another episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse while I finished up the pudding.
Man, did it feel like I was stirring that rice and milk forever! I was actually quite worried about over-doing it and I think I undershot it instead. By the time it had cooled, the milk had separated quite a bit more than I had expected. Maybe that’s due to the 2% milk I used? There are four gallons of 2% in my fridge right now and I didn’t want to buy any more milk, but I’m thinking I should probably have for this one. *shrugs* We will know for next time!
The texture didn’t stop either one of my girls from gobbling up an entire bowl of rice pudding topped with the caramel apple pear compote. And I know what we will be having for breakfast! Emily has even perfected the art of licking the spoon – she actually threw a fit when we took the pudding spoon away and replaced it with dinner, haha!
P.S. I added just a touch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice to the apple and pear mixture which gave it a lovely fall smell and taste… perfect for the fall weather we have been blessed with this week!
P. P. S. You can find the recipe here!