Rice pudding has always been my husbands favorite dessert.  Honestly , growing up I thought rice pudding was a sad excuse for a dessert! When it comes to dessert I dream of chocolaty layer cakes and fresh European pastries, but over the years as I have tweaked and changed rice pudding recipes over and over again trying to make it perfect for my deserving husband I feel like I finally got it right and its is now something my entire family enjoys.  I always make rice pudding the same night that I make stir fries or other dinners that include rice, that way all you have to do is double the amount of rice you cook for dinner and then you have a super easy dessert to follow.  My girls even like it cold in their school lunch or as a special breakfast.  This particular recipe is not exactly on the light side, but because I use brown rice I convince myself that that makes it healthy!

Coconut Rice Pudding
  1. 3 cups cooked brown rice, cooked with coconut cream*
  2. * to do this simply use once can of coconut cream as a portion of the water when cooking your rice either on the stove top or in a rice cooker. This makes a wonderful sweeter rice that you can serve with any Asian meal or instead of plain rice as a side dish! If you can't find coconut cream you can use coconut milk but the coconut flavor will be much more subtle.
  3. 3 cups whole milk, divided (I have even used heavy cream to make it super rich!)
  4. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 2 eggs, beaten
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  10. 2 tbsp butter (optional)
  11. whip cream (optional)
  12. fruit (optional)
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  1. In a saucepan stir together cooked rice, 2 1/2 cups of milk, sugars and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 20-30 minutes. In a small bowl mix together beaten eggs and remaining 1/2 cup milk. Stir this into the thick rice pudding and continue to stir over medium heat for another 5-10 minutes until desired consistency is reached. Fold in cinnamon, vanilla extract and butter. Serve warm with whip cream and fruit of your choice.
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