March 23, 2009

leftover coffee rice pudding.

my brother came in for a whirlwind visit with seven of his buddies, and when they left they also left me a full pot of coffee, undrunk.

so, i saved it all day until i thought of something to do with it.

all of my online recipe searches only yielded the idea to freeze it into coffee cubes (cool, but not intellectually stimulating) or to add it to brownies or frosting. not my style--i don't really like either of those things.

i couldn't stop wondering what would happen if i made rice in coffee.

so i just did it. after i put the coffee and basmati rice i had around into a pot and started it going, i thought about whether i wanted something sweet or savory. after poking my finger in to taste some of the coffee rice, i decided it would be very tasty in a strange stir fry, but that i wasn't in the mood. (i already knew that whatever i was eating for dinner needed to be tasty with my leftover vodka sauce.) i moved on to sweet.

i googled 'basmati rice pudding' until i found a recipe that interested me.
i modified it to come up with this: and it's DELICIOUS.

(modified from the recipe for Basmati Rice Pudding in Totally Vegetarian by Toni Flore)

4 to 6


2 cups leftover coffee
1 cup white basmati rice
4 1/2 cups milk (i drink 2%)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract


1. Combine coffee and rice and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over very low heat 8 to 9 minutes, until most of the coffee is absorbed. Check and stir to avoid stuck rice, which will burn at the bottom of the pot.

2. Add 4 cups milk and the sugar. Continue cooking, now on low heat, for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, OR until the rice is soft and most of the milk absorbed. Remove the rice from the heat.

3. Pour 1/4 cup of the remaining milk into a bowl and whisk in the flour to dissolve. Add the vanilla extract. Add remaining milk and add to the pudding. Serve warm or at room temperature, or even after refrigerating.

delicious. and not too unhealthy.

and the rest of the coffee? in my ice cube tray. :)


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