Wednesday, September 8, 2010

not so 'tubby' custard

So after my love's return home, yesterday was filled with smooches, long talks about the wonders of New York City and dreaming of living in other far away places {hello barge living on The Seine}.  With a cup of warm tea on a chilly day and a tummy full of an old family favorite, Tubby Custard was the sweetest way to welcome him home. This family recipe is actually guilt free if you make it with brown rice and skim milk but feel free to experiment with your naughty side too! Full fat, white rice and sugar is a delicious no brainer, but if you can make it healthier, why not I say! It's also a fabulous way to make use of all that left over rice that comes with your chinese delivery...
6 ramekins
2 tablespoons of brown or white rice
1 2/3 cup of milk of your choice
2 tablespoons of non fat milk powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract {no imitation vanilla, stick to the good stuff}
Sweetener of your choice {brown sugar, honey, splenda etc} I use about 3 tablespoons of agave nectar
maple syrup {optional}

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Make a water bath so that water is approximately 1/2 way up the side of your ramekins.  Spoon rice of your choice into the bottom and set aside. In a jug with a pouring spout combine the rest of  your ingredients except for the eggs. This being so that you can adjust the sweetness of this dish according to your own taste. Just continue to whisk and add as much agave {or other sweet alternative}, tasting after each addition until you've reached your desired level of sweetness. Whisk eggs thoroughly into mixture.

Add custard mixture to your rice and stir each ramekin so that the rice and milk mixture are evenly distributed throughout. To add a little something extra, I drizzle a small amount of maple syrup across the top. It's give a hint of smokey sweetness to the custard.

Bake for around 35 minutes until the custard is set.

These little treats are perfect warmed up for breakfast or for an afternoon pick me up. Personally, I can't think of a better way to start the day!


xo tash


  1. Yum, looks so delish. I'll have to save this recipe plus your nail colour caught my eye too. Pretty. xx

  2. omg i need to try this! i have the same nail polish color as you right now, btw :)

  3. MMM, I love rice pudding. It's so comforting. You're right; that really says "Welcome Home!"

  4. pure comfort.

    I'm definitely going to try this!

  5. This looks soooo delicious! I love rice pudding. I like how you used agave as the sweetener! Thanks for the recipe :)

  6. It's so sweet how in love with him you are. I love the pics of his cute little facial expressions. Great recipe, I must try!
    PS - (and I can't believe no one has stated it yet...) FAB manicure!!


  7. That is amazing! My Balazs loves this and I never knew how to make it...Yuppiee!! I am so going to try it over the weekend:) Thanks so much:)
    Kisses,my dear

    ps: I am hosting a really cute GIVEAWAY, so please join in:)

  8. wow i've never thought to put rice in custard, but this looks really good!

  9. Oooh very interesting...not much of a custard fan but it looks good :)

  10. This dessert is right up my alley! delish! xoxo

  11. i will HAVE to try this! it looks soo yummy! thanks for visiting my blog and elaving the sweet comment! i'm your newest follower :)

  12. Looks delicious! Your hubby is adorable too. I am going to try this one out!

  13. I am definitely trying this, especially with all that leftover rice genius!

  14. that recipe is great and the custards look sooo good!!!

  15. yumyumyum i LOVE anything rice "puddingy" hehe

    i must try this healthy version.

    <3 gina

    p.s i've never heard of a "ramekin" before!

  16. oo these look so yummy... i wanna try these out!


  17. Sounds absolutely yummy!

    Thanks for swinging by my blog, I am following..hope you'll follow back

  18. Yum! What a "sweet" welcome home! Love the idea of doing this with brown rice!

  19. First, Yum! Second, your love is cute. Loving this post and how you captured it with these images. Loving your blog. Am your newest follower.

    xo M

  20. it's always a joy to see and hear about people who are in love.... very sweet.

    Your pictures look delicious! I will have to give it a try.


  21. This looks so good!! Just got in from Canada and have to say I love your gold nail too :)


  22. Love lovely
    Nails gorgeous
    Rice pudding worst food on the planet.
    Great to meet you!

  23. Looking good, pure deliciousness! love your mosaic.
    Have a happy Thursday xoxo

  24. looks so sweet and easy! And love the way you displayed these pictures! It really captures the moments.

  25. ohh these look YUM! you must be so happy :)

  26. very interesting! Do you think it would be possible to make this vegan?!? Maybe with a good egg sub!


  27. I'm going to have to try this. I love custard!

  28. That looks delicious!!! I am going to HAVE to make it sometime soon!

  29. Sweet pics!
    Thanks for the recipe!


  30. i've never been a massive fan of custard, but my brother is obsessed with the stuff!

  31. not one for the texture of that custard, but visually it looks good! little like creme brulee in that dish. love your nail color, and your adorable sweetie! so glad he's home. i hate when mine goes away, too.

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for weighing in on my fireplace debate. i think in this area (phila) we will definitely use it! we're gonna go for it!

  32. Great post! This makes me soooooo happy!

    Plus, who doesn't love talking about the wonders of NYU?


    Best wishes from one blogger to another,


  33. I'm sure that I would ruin this dreadfully if I so much as attempted it; nevertheless, I may have to give it a whirl. Yum!

    By the way, your nail polish is divine - LOVE the color!! :)

  34. Seriously drooling here!!! I love rice pudding, with a splodge of strawberry jam in the middle.


  35. that looks delicious and what a wonderful way to celebrate your hubbies return!


  36. im starving right now and these photos made it worse :) lol

  37. Lucky boy having that welcome him home! And i LOVE your polish!



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