Desserts: Creamy ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Rice’ Pudding
Serves: 4-6 people
2 cups cooked whole white buckwheat groats
1 cup grated apple (cored but not peeled)
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup milk
1/3 cup honey (preferably clover or other mild honey)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
Grating or two of fresh nutmeg
1 tbsp. dark rum (optional)
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
Whipped cream and chopped nuts or fresh fruit, for garnish
Follow cooking instructions on the box for foolproof fluffy formula #2, using water as the cooking liquid and omitting salt and pepper.
Beat together eggs, milk and honey until well-blended; add vanilla extract, cinnamon, lemon peel, nutmeg and rum.
In a large bowl, combine groats, apple, raisins and milk-egg mixture; mix thoroughly. Spread pudding into buttered 8-inch square pan.
Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool 15 minutes, then stir in sour cream.
Serve warm or cold, garnished with whipped cream and chopped nuts and/or fresh fruit.