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RECIPE FOR RICE PUDDING WITH HONEY ADAPTED FROM HUICI'S TRANSLATION OF #408 RECETA DEL ARROZ CON MIEL, p 225
1/3 c rice
1 qt milk
1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar
¼ c honey
¼ c melted butter
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
PREHEAT OVEN TO 325ºF/160º C
Put rice and 3 ¾ c milk in a oven proof dish. Add cinnamon and sugar. Stir and cook in oven for 3 ½ to 4 hours until it reaches a consistency like a stiff pudding.
Remove from oven and add ¼ c milk and ¼ cup skimmed honey. If too liquidy, put it in a saucepan and bring to a boil until the pudding is stiff enough to form a circle.
Pour the pudding into a serving dish and make a hole in the middle. Fill it with melted butter. Sprinkle the pudding with cinnamon and sugar and serve to guests one wants to impress as it is so delicious!
This can be reheated in a microwave oven.