Chocolate Milk Creamy Rice Pudding Made the Old Fashioned Way

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
SERVES: 8-10
YIELD: 10 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Either cut the recipe in half or find a baking dish that holds at least 10 cups ungreased; cooking UNCOVERED is essential.
  • Set oven temperature to 275 degrees F.
  • Move shelf to low center and keep dish near the front so you can just reach in and stir.
  • Stir all the raw ingredients together; the milk will be cold and take awhile to start cooking.
  • Cook for 40 minutes, reach in with fork and stir.
  • Cook for another 40 minutes, reach in and stir.
  • By this time the rice might have started swelling.
  • Cook another 35 minutes and stir, the rice should be swollen, sticking together in clumps so stir a lot, mash down with fork, get in bottom edges of baking dish, try to get as many grains separated as you can.
  • Cook for another 30 minutes and stir, most of the rice will not have clumped again.
  • Fairly early on a skin will form on top, just stir it all back in each time until the last.
  • After another 30 minutes, it should be about done so stir once more.
  • Some of the rice should be floating near the top and it will look runny.
  • Bake another 20 to 30 minutes; I let skin form on the final cooking.
  • Remove from oven and set on trivet to cool.
  • It's best to wait until it's entirely cooled to room temperature or just slightly warm before digging into it with a spoon; this takes patience.
  • If you do it while it's hot, it's very runny and you will get too much creamy and what remains won't be as nice.
  • It thickens as it cools.
  • Store covered in refrigerator; it will thicken more yet, get sticky, chewy and creamy in spots.
  • If it works for you, you can add cinnamon, raisins, or try other ideas.
  • I don't know what would happen if you warmed the milk first but I think it wouldn't be the same.
  • The cooking time may be up to 1/2 hour more than stated.
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