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Rice pudding

All we can say is that if “Mary Jane” (see Trivia below) had tried this recipe there would have been no complaints. Rice pudding is one of the world’s greatest and simplest dishes and deserves a place in every cook’s repertoire, especially naughty ones. You can always add fruit pieces (such as strawberries) to garnish.




Pre heat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan), 302°F (266°F fan).

Thoroughly wash and drain the rice.

Butter a 30 fluid ounces / 850ml Pyrex or similar heatproof dish.

Scrape the seeds from one vanilla pod.

Add the rice, sugar, milk and vanilla seeds to the dish and give a good stir.

Sprinkle with the nutmeg and bake in the oven for 2 hours.


For those of a certain age, rice pudding was immortalised in the children’s poem by A. A. Milne published in his 1924 collection When We Were Very Young:

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She’s crying with all her might and main,
And she won’t eat her dinner – rice pudding again –
What is the matter with Mary Jane?

All we can say is that the cook in Mary Jane’s household probably didn’t have access to the recipe used by The Naught Cook (above), or any of the other recipes as she seemed to serve up rice pudding every day. And you can have too much, even of a good thing.