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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Slow cooker challenge Day 6 - Homemade rice pudding

I usually go to a tin for this one. Its one of my comfort foods, i love the smell of it bubbling away on the hob and the taste is so much better than shop brought. My nan showed me how to make it years ago and when my kids were younger i made it often. I recently needed a sweet fix and with no chocolate in the house i decided now is the time to start making it again and its gone down a treat :D There is lots of ways to make this so i have added a slimming world version into the post and have put some ideas down the bottom.

Ingredients - Makes 6-8 servings (possibly more if your not eating loads like me :D) using a 3.5L slow cooker

  • Milk around 2 pints 
  • Bag of pudding rice 
  • cinnamon or nutmeg to taste(not pictured)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence (not pictured but explained below)
Gareth brought me home a bottle of vanilla milk. He picked this up for 10p in the staff shop. Its quite a strong vanilla flavour so i didn't use vanilla essence and  i used the remaining 1 pint of it and 1 pint of semi skimmed milk. 

Slimming world version: Syn free on EE and green 
  • 500mls no sugar (diet) cream soda
  • 3oz pudding rice
  • 1 vanilla muller light yogurt (or any syn free vanilla yogurt)
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg to taste (optional)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence (optional)
There is various other ways this can be done. It can be made with water for those not liking cream soda, it can be made like the non syn free but lowering the rice and milk amount or add a sachet of options for 2 syns for a chocolate rice pudding. 


Step One: Grease your slow cooker to prevent sticking . Put all your ingredients into the slow cooker 

Honestly no prepping involved just put it all in. 
For the slimming world version using yogurt - place cream soda, flavorings and rice only. Add the yogurt at the end after it has cooled down. 

Step 2: Cook on low for around 2- 2/12 hours until the milk has absorbed. Your rice pudding should now have a lumpy sticky texture. 

Slimming world version - allow to cool and add the yogurt

Sorry about the shadow, picture was take in the evening. 

Step 3: Spoon into bowls and add any toppings you want. I chose jam :D 

Cost to make if buying from scratch:
  • Pudding rice - 99p sainsburys
  • Milk - 89p for 2 pints Tesco
  • Vanilla essence - varies depending on what shop you go, no more than £1.20
  • Cinnamon/nutmeg - varies depending on shop, no more than £1
Slimming world version from scratch:
  • Pudding rice - 99p sainsburys
  • Diet cream soda - 65p a 2L bottle Tesco 
  • Vanilla muller light - 68p (always on offer) 
  • Vanilla essence - varies depending on what shop you go, no more than £1.20
  • Cinnamon/nutmeg - varies depending on shop, no more than £1
Obviously if your adding toppings you add that into the cost too, but the basics to making this once broken down to what you will use, the whole meal costs no more than £2 to make enough for a family of 4 and extra. 

I mentioned this being quite versatile. You can make this to suit your tastes quite easily. Here is some ideas i have tried before. 
  • Peaches and rice pudding - Sainsbury basics - 35p, serve with rice pudding or mix drained peaches in at the end. 
  • Chocolate rice pudding - Any cocoa powder will do, or melted chocolate if you fancy. I use sachets of options which are usually on offer. Mix in at the end. 
  • Sultanas or dried fruit - 84p-95p Tesco value. Add at the end
  • Jam - Tesco value 29p - add at the end
  • Honey - Tesco value 99p - add at the end. 
  • Fruit, berries, melon - cost varies. I buy bags of frozen berries for £1.10 sainsburys basics. Add at the end. 
Some ideas for preparing it a different way:
  • Water can be used instead of milk or soda. It makes a much thicker rice but i find its more bland. 
  • Almond or soy milk can be used to replace semi skimmed milk
  • For slimming world - use quark or fat free fromage frais and add vanilla essence.

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