My husband learned to make this when he was 12. I think the recipe originally came from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook. I’ve now been making it for 25 years and it’s absolutely to die for and so quick. It’s fantastic as is but if you have some fruit compote or not-very-thick jam you can top it with a little of that or sliced fresh fruit.
Serves 4 +/-
2 cups milk
2 1/2 -3 cups cooked rice, from 1 generous cup uncooked rice (long or short grain white or brown rice all work) It’s best to use leftover rice that’s a little dried out
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or zest of about 1/4 of a lemon
2 large eggs, separated
1/3 cup sugar (a little more if you like sweeter desserts)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Put the milk, rice and vanilla or lemon zest in a double boiler or any heat proof bowl over a pan of gently boiling water.
In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks, sugar and salt until smooth. When the milk and rice mixture is hot, add a ladleful of hot milk and rice to the egg yolks and whisk well. Add another ladle or two, whisking all along. Then add this mixture back into the remaining milk and rice and whisk well. Cook until thickened, about 10-15 minutes, gently whisking every few minutes. Covering the pan will speed things up.
Meanwhile beat the egg whites until stiff. When custard has thickened remove the bowl from the heat. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites. Serve warm though (cold) leftovers are lovely for breakfast!