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Easy Rice Pudding

I first made rice pudding a few months ago and I couldn’t make it fast enough. That is, that my husband, my son, and myself, would eat it up so fast that I was making a batch every couple of days. Anyway, life got a bit busy for awhile and I didn’t get around to sharing this wonderful recipe with you until now. So, enjoy Rice Pudding!

Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

Water (around 3-4 cups)
1/2 c Jasmine Rice (any white rice will do)
4 c Milk (we used whole)
1/3 c Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil and add the rice. Cook for 10 minutes then drain the rice. Set the rice aside for a little bit. Now in the same pot, put the milk and sugar in to to boil. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the rice back to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for about 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally. The rice and milk should reduce to about 3 cups. Once it’s reached the desired consistency, remove from heat and gently stir in the vanilla. Pour the pudding into one serving bowl or individual cups. Put plastic wrap directly on to the pudding to avoid a skin forming. Let it all cool on the counter before going into the fridge to cool completely.

Recipe: Tangy Fruit Dip

Tangy Fruit Dip

This is such a versatile fruit dip! You can use it as a dip, mixed in with a fruit salad, or to create a Plantain Pudding!

Ingredients:

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
8 oz. Sour Cream
3 Tbs Milk
1 Tbs Muscovado Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions:

Whip everything together in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe: French Toast with Plumb Pear Sauce

French Toast

French Toast with Plumb Pear Sauce

Ingredients:

8 Slices Dry Bread

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4 Eggs
1 c Milk
1 tsp Demerara Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg20130218_093512

Topping:
4 Plumbs
1/2 Pear

Instructions:

Mix plumbs and pear in a blender. Then gently heat on the stove over low-medium heat. Let it simmer while you prepare the french toast. Preheat a griddle to 325-350°. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip the bread in the batter until fully saturated. If you are using very dry bread, 10 seconds will do. If the bread still has lots of give to it, then much less time. Place on the griddle and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Top with butter and plumb pear sauce.

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Recipe: French Pancakes (Crepes)

Crepes

French Pancakes (Crepes)

Many years ago while I was in high school, we hosted a french exchange student. She made us this delicious breakfast that could moonlight as a dessert. It was Crepes! These very thin “pancakes” are surprisingly easy to make. Filled with fresh fruits, you can’t go wrong! Cook up a batch for breakfast and let me know how you like them!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbs Demerara Sugar
4 Eggs
1 1/3 c Milk
2/3 c Water
1 tsp Vanilla

Fillings:
Butter
Sour Cream
Fruit (sliced banana, diced apple, blackberries, jam…)

Instructions:

Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, salt, baking powder, sugar). Mix all your wet ingredients in a medium bowl (eggs, milk, water, vanilla). Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and lightly mix. It’s ok if there are lumps. Ladle crepe mix onto a hot griddle making a large, thin pancake circle. When the edges look like they are completely set and starting to dry, flip them gently with a large spatula. You want a nice light golden brown color on the crepes. Cooking time will very, but for my griddle, it’s around 3 minutes per side. Fill the crepes with your desired fillings and gently roll up. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the crepe and you’re done!

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What do you fill your crepes with?

If you liked my crepes, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
(makes about 10 servings)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

Casserole:
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
3-4 Tbs orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping:1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 Tbs Demerara sugar (can substitute in brown)
1 Tbs orange juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350`. Set aside a 2qt. casserole dish.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until done, about 15 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Mix flour, sugar, orange juice, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or pastry blender until very crumbly. Stir in pecans.
  4. Back to the potatoes, drain and mash in the pan. Measure out around three cups but more is just fine too.
  5. Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add sweet potato and mix. Then add in milk, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and salt. Put it all in the casserole dish. Try to spread it out evenly.
  6. Sprinkle topping over the casserole. **At this point you can cover and put in the fridge for up to 2 days if needed**
  7. Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

If you like my Sweet Potato Casserole, you’ll love my other recipes