I have always loved rice pudding, as long as I can remember. I don't recall Mom having to force feed me this comfort food. I have been wanting to make it a lot lately since the air/weather is turning more and more fall like. Yesterday as I peered into my fridge I noticed I had some leftover rice from dinner the other night. I did not want to have to make a stir fry at the moment. I quickly ran to my computer and googled "rice pudding using cooked rice." I thought the rice had to be raw when it was made for it to taste right. Nope, there are both kinds out there (using cooked and raw). I had to find one that sounded appealing. There it was just staring me in the face: "Tyler Florence's Rockin' Rice Pudding." Luckily I had just the right amount of cooked rice so I did not need to adjust the recipe. It is SO good. Please promise you will make it too for fall's sake. I like it best piping hot.
Rockin' Rice Pudding (by Tyler Florence)
adapted slightly from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/rockin-rice-pudding-recipe/index.html
3 cups white rice, cooked
3 cups milk
2/3 cup white sugar
2 T butter
1/2 cup raisins
1 t vanilla extract
1/3-1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer/low heat to cook for about 25 minutes until most of liquid is absorbed. (Stir once or twice during this step).