Easter/Nowruz Baked Rice Pudding

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@SaffronSun

This is a fusion of two Spring traditions that have come together in my family. A hybrid of traditional Italian Easter Rice Pie (which is basically baked rice pudding), and the spices (rosewater & cardamom) often found in Persian rice puddings & desserts served for "Nowruz," the Persian New Year, that occurs in spring. The two holidays share ancient roots in some of their symbolism, and together make for a wonderful celebration of Spring, family, love & rebirth.
A big hit with friends & neighbors for Easter dinner; we had 5 great desserts & this won favorite!


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Serves:

12 people @ 4 each

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

2 c
cooked jasmine rice, cooked with 3 cardamom pods & drizzle rose water
3/4 c
sugar
3/4 c
ricotta cheese or cottage cheese that is drained, patted dry with paper towels & puréed in blender *see note at bottom of directions
4
eggs
1 c
(8 oz.) whipping cream (liquid unsweetened)
1 tsp
vanilla
3 tsp
rose water
1 tsp
ground cardamom
Dash
cinnamon

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

sliced almonds
Sprinkle
cinnamon & cinnamon sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.(*see note in step 4) Fill mini cupcake tins with 48 liners (two pans of 24.)
2
Using mixer, combine sugar through "dash cinnamon" in the ingredient list. Mix well, then stir in rice (I remove cardamom pods after rice is cooked, and before adding rice to rest of the ingredients.)

Use a small measuring cup to fill cupcake tins with mixture.
3
Sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon, top with almonds, and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
4
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Mine browned a bit too much on the bottom this way, so next time I will lower the baking temp. and adjust the time.
5
*Note: when I adapted this recipe, I halved the amount of liquid from the original...SO, I think next time I won't worry about draining the cottage cheese. The extra liquid shouldn't hurt it.