Spiced rice pudding with Sweet breadcrumbs

Imran Nathoo
45 - 60 mins

This recipe is great to use up milk before it spoils and breadcrumbs is such an easy way of using up leftover bread, especially the loaf ends. They provide a lovely texture and crunch to the dish.

It is inspired by one of my favourite childhood desserts, Kheer (a spiced version of a classic rice pudding that I grew up with) and one of my most loved Easter time treats, hot cross buns. 

I’ve used basmati rice but any plain long grain rice would be fine apart from any brown versions. The spicing has been kept simple with familiar Easter time spices like cinnamon. I’ve included raisins and a sweet breadcrumb topping in homage to the hot cross bun.

A delicious alternative dessert for Easter Sunday brought to you by Imran Nathoo @KitchenClonc

800ml of full fat milk (any milk is fine also)
4 heaped tbsp of Basmati rice
2 heaped tbsp of muscovado/soft brown sugar
½ tsp of ground cinnamon
½ tsp of ground nutmeg
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
4 tbsp raisin/sultanas
2 slices of bread (any bread)
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp of muscovado/soft brown sugar
1 tbsp of unsalted butter
Bring the milk, ground spices, rice and sugar to a simmer in a suitably sized saucepan on a medium heat. Then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Stir often to prevent it sticking on the bottom of the saucepan and burning the milk.
Reduce volume slowly until the mixture begins to noticeably thicken. Keep stirring as you go.
One thicker, add in the raisins/sultanas and stir through.
Transfer to a suitable dish or to individual ramekins. This can be served warm or cold, if you make in advance it can be warmed in the oven in a suitable dish.
In a food processor blitz the slices of bread (tear and add to the chamber) with sugar and cinnamon. Blitz to your desired crumb size.
In a large frying pan, melt butter on a medium heat.
Then add the breadcrumbs, reduce heat slightly and toast until golden. Make sure to keep stirring and moving the breadcrumbs about as they can burn easily.
To serve, scatter the sweet breadcrumbs over your rice pudding and get stuck in!