On August 9 many enjoy their favorite dish on National Rice Pudding Day.
Rice pudding is made from rice mixed with water, milk, coconut milk, evaporated milk or cream and sometimes vanilla, cinnamon, and raisins. A variety of recipes are available to prepare the dish, and National Rice Pudding Day encourages us to sample at least one, if not more! While many enjoy the dish as a dessert, it may also be served for breakfast or as a side course. So there’s an opportunity to try it out more than once on this food holiday.
Dating back to the Tudor period, the earliest rice pudding recipes were called white pot. One of the first-known methods was written down by Gervase Markham in 1615.
After being baked, serve the pudding hot or cold with a fruit, nut or cream topping. Bake the pudding with apples or other stone fruits and nuts, but raisins are traditional. Other spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and even cayenne, add variety to rice pudding recipes. Citrus zests bring brightness to the dessert that can at times be rich and heavy to the palate. Although sugar is usually the primary sweetener in the recipe, honey and other natural sweeteners can be used.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Have fun in the kitchen by trying this Rice Pudding Recipe and then share it with your family and friends! Use #NationalRicePuddingDay to post on social media.