Baked Brown Rice Pudding

Baked Brown Rice Budding Recipe

Serves four to six.

For the pudding:
1/2 cup raw brown rice
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch salt
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1-1/2 cups heavy cream

For the topping:
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
4 oz. (1 cup) walnuts, chopped medium coarse

3-4 cups soft white breadcrumbs
1/3 c.. sugar

½ c. agave syrup

¼ tsp. ground ginger

Put the rice in a medium saucepan and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. It should still have a little bite to it.

Heat the oven to 300°F. Have ready a shallow, 2-qt. baking dish. When the rice is cooked, drain it well in a fine-mesh sieve and put it in the baking dish. Add the brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the rice. Wipe out the rice saucepan and add the evaporated milk and heavy cream. Over medium-high heat, bring the liquids barely to a boil and then pour them into the baking dish. Stir the mixture a few times until the ingredients are well dispersed and the sugar has dissolved. The mixture will seem a little soupy, but this is fine.  Bake until the top is browned, the liquid is reduced and thick, and the rice is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours..

While the rice is baking, make the topping:  In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the chopped nuts and sprinkle on the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring often to ensure even browning, until the nuts are toasted and the sugar is caramelized, about 10 min. Add crumbs and cook til golden brown .  Remove from the heat and immediately transfer to a bowl, add agave and ginger and allow to cool completely. Just before serving, break the cooled nut topping apart and scatter over the entire pudding before serving.