|Creamy Rice Pudding and Strawberry Jam|
I couldn't wait had to go to the bookshelf straight away! No. 49 Jamie at Home - 407 pages......oooooh the anticipation..........203 a picture of a spiders web on wheat emmmm 204 Creamy Rice Pudding with the quickest strawberry jam! Yeah yeah baby! I love rice pudding the man hates it! I'll have to say I had to cos Dom told me.... 2/6/12
This is such comfort food (which the man calls Depression Food as in Post War Food). And to add to the sixth sense of it all, this is what I ordered the last time I visited the Oliver family pub (with my sister and very best friend) for lunch at "The Cricketers Arms" in Clavering, Essex back in 2008 when I bought this book - it still has the receipt from lunch tucked in the front. Don't you love it when little pieces of story all seem to fit together.
This serves 6 to 8 its easy to cook and no bother to prepare.
For the rice pudding
1.2 litres organic whole milk
(my fridge only housed a new local milk from the Great Ocean Road whose slogan is Milk from cows with a view - I thought that would be good enough)
200g pudding rice
2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar ( I used normal sugar with a couple of drops of vanilla essence)
Place milk rice and sugar in a deep saucepan.
Bring to a medium simmer and put the lid on.
Cook for half an hour, stirring occasionally until it is thick and creamy. Add a drop more milk if it gets too thick.
For the Jam
1kg strawberries, hulled, washed and drained
150g caster sugar
Place strawberries in a wide, stainless steel pan and sprinkle with the sugar.
Scrunch the strawberries up with your hands, really pushing them between your fingers to pulp the mixture, which will start to look like jam. This felt amazingly good! And I licked every finger! It was a wonder it made it to jam - cos it was good enough to eat straight from the pot.
Make sure the sugar has dissolved into the strawberry juice before you bring it to the boil.
Simmer for 20 - 30 mins on medium heat
Every 5 mins or so skim off the foam and then it is done - perfect.
Jamie scrunched some meringues over the top of his to serve, but mine was pretty good without any topping. So good in fact I nearly burnt my tongue on the swirl of hot jam as I couldn't wait for it to cool to taste it. There was plenty left - jam into jars for the future and rice for breakfast in the morning.