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to ask do people not make milk puddings anymore?

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5foot5 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:09:54

I found a recipe I wanted to make Mincemeat and Shortbread squares. One of the ingredients is ground rice. Fine, but I knew I didn't have any so I added it to the shopping list.

DH did the shopping and came back saying he couldn't find it anywhere. Hmm. I went to look for myself. Admittedly it is not something I can remember having bought myself but I know it was a staple my mum always had in the cupboard for baking and making puddings with.

It will be where they keep the semolina I thought. I remembered all those weekday milk puddings my mum made - rice, ground rice, semolina, tapioca, sago. Find the ingredients for those and that is where the ground rice will be I thought.

Except they don't seem to exist anymore. I checked all the supermarkets in town and the wholefood store. No luck. Is this a whole species of pudding people just don't do anymore? Anyone know where I could get ground rice?

If you are still there and are at all interested I substituted ground almonds on the basis that:
a. It has "ground" in the name
b. I think my mum used ground rice sometimes as an economical substitute for ground almonds in recipes like maids of honour so maybe it will work out ok in reverse.

MissTFied Sun 18-Feb-18 00:12:28

Have you tried the world food aisle? I think I remember seeing it there, next to the cornmeal.

Davros Sun 18-Feb-18 00:14:09

It would have been pudding rice in my childhood, which we still buy as rice pudding is my absolute favourite. Ground rice I don't really know about

GreenTulips Sun 18-Feb-18 00:15:26

Ground rice is American I think

Pudding rice would be in the flour isle

Phosphorus Sun 18-Feb-18 00:15:42

Tesco sell it.

It's with the jelly/custard powder/meringues/pudding stuff.

I think those puddings are things people ate for want of a better option really.

If I wanted a nursery type pudding now, I'd go for crumble.

DontMakeMeShushYou Sun 18-Feb-18 00:16:29

You can buy it from Amazon and I think in Waitrose too.

MissTFied Sun 18-Feb-18 00:17:26

Pudding rice and ground rice are two different things.

5foot5 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:25:20

I know pudding rice and ground rice are different but my mum used to make a milk pudding with ground rice sometimes.

I thought I had searched Tesco pretty thoroughly but I am not sure I remember searching in the vicinity of jelly and custard

Apocalyptichorsewoman Sun 18-Feb-18 00:26:21

I'll ask Ds1 - he's at uni and uses his slow cooker to make vats of rice pudding... confused

HeyRoly Sun 18-Feb-18 00:27:13

Is it not the same as baby rice?

SenecaFalls Sun 18-Feb-18 00:27:39

Ground rice is American I think
I'm American and never heard of it.

Notso Sun 18-Feb-18 00:32:46

Unhelpful as I'm not telling you where I live grin but they sell ground rice in the corner shop near me.

5foot5 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:32:58

I think those puddings are things people ate for want of a better option really.

TBF My DD did comment that people prefer nice things these days. Which is a bit rich given the last time I bought semolina was 20 years ago when she was a toddler and the nursery told me she loved semolina. She didn't.

Actually I think a rice pudding baked slowly in the oven was lovely.

The other sorts of milk pudding were a bit boring really now I come to think about it

GreenTulips Sun 18-Feb-18 00:35:00

You cat beat Angel Delight though

Ivebeenaroundtheblock Sun 18-Feb-18 00:36:01

dh make pizza using semolina and corn bread using corn meal. i make rice pudding using left over rice and I've see rice pablum in the shops still but never heard of ground rice...

5foot5 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:36:55

Is it not the same as baby rice?

That's an interesting thought. Something I have not bought for over 20 years so I didn't think of it.

bettytaghetti Sun 18-Feb-18 00:38:46

Apparently you can grind rice in a spice grinder. Alternatively rice flour will just have a smoother texture.
I love rice pudding! even when it comes in a can <=guilty secret!!

Aaviiii Sun 18-Feb-18 00:38:59

You can find ground rice in Indian stores. They have fine ground and also coarse ground.

4catsaremylife Sun 18-Feb-18 00:43:17

Coincidentally I was eating some homemade ground rice pudding about an hour ago. I buy ground rice from Tesco and regularly make milk pudding but I am quite old and currently feel like death because of some dreadful virus I've caught

CrazyDaze1 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:44:04

I’m an expat in the US and sometimes my husband has to go to London for meetings. The last time he was over I asked him to buy some pudding rice (the only rice pudding I’ve seen here is in plastic yoghurt sized cartons and refridgerated...but usually has lots of weird sounding chemical preservatives/gums in it, which I avoid).

He came back with a couple of bags of pudding rice from Sainsbury’s; it’s in a clear plastic bag with a blue label. I made the pudding in my slow cooker and used almond milk as a vegan was joining me; she enjoyed it too!

AssassinatedBeauty Sun 18-Feb-18 00:44:32

Is rice flour not the same thing?

Asmallrole Sun 18-Feb-18 00:44:42

I have Whitworths ground rice in my cupboard. Morrison's, Asda and Waitrose sell it. As do Amazon. I love all milk puddings.

Blondie1984 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:44:51

You can get it in Tesco www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/search?query=ground%20rice

CrazyDaze1 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:48:20

Forgot to add; the blue label did state “Pudding Rice” from Sainsbury’s.

I think over here in the States, Arborio (risotto rice) is used in puddings. Basically you need short rice grains for puddings, or medium if you can’t find it.

5foot5 Sun 18-Feb-18 00:48:45

Thanks Aviiii.
I don't think we have an Indian store in our small town but I will bear it in mind next time I am in Manchester.
Strange really though that in the 1970s this wasn't an exotic ingredient but a store cupboard staple my mum always had.
Maybe it has just changed its name. Someone up thread mentioned rice flour.

Incidentally the ground almond substitute looks to have worked well.

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