NOTE: Coconut coffee creamer can be found in refrigerator case of most groceries.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place pan with 1 inch hot water on bottom oven rack.
Spread RICE in bottom of lightly oiled 9x13 baking pan. In lg bowl, whisk EGGS, whisk in, one ingredient at a time; SUGAR, COCONUT MILK OR CREAMER, MILK and VANILLA. blend thoroughly. Stir in flaked COCONUT and slowly pour over rice.
Place in preheated oven that has BAKING PAN with 1 inch HOT WATER on bottom shelf of oven and bake 45 -60 minutes. Test for doneness with knife blade. Cooking time varies depending upon fat content in milk.
Remove from oven and cool on rack.
Sprinkle with ** TOASTED COCONUT or sprinkle with coating of brown sugar then untoasted coconut and place under broiler JUST UNTIL COCONUT IS TOASTED. WATCH CLOSELY AS COCONUT BURNS QUICKLY.
SERVE warm or cold with or without cream or whipped topping. MAMA SERVED WITH CREAM.
1. BROWN SUGAR SWEETENED CUSTARD. Replace sugar with brown sugar and omit the coconut. Use 4 cups of milk omitting the coconut milk. May sprinkle rice with raisins before adding milk mixture.
2. BASIC RICE PUDDING.
Just use 4 cups milk instead of coconut and regular milk. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg =LIGHTLY.
3.RICE AND RAISIN CUSTARD.
Omit coconut, replace milk as stated above, sprinkle enough raising onto rice to cover well BEFORE intoducing the milk mixture. Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon.
4. SUGAR FREE CUSTARD.
FOLLOW ANY RECIPE ABOVE substituting equivilant of 1/2C of sugar - plus 1/4C milk.
5. FRUITED RICE CUSTARD.
FOLLOW ANY RECIPE ABOVE SUBSTITUTING for RAISINS OR COCONUT, with well drained, finely chopped canned fruit. Sprinkle top with seasoning your family loves.
THIS IS A LO=FAT, LO SUGAR RECIPE THAT INCLUDES SEVERAL FOOD GROUPS SO MAKES A SUPER BREAKFAST.