baked creamy rice pudding

Ingredients:(baked creamy rice pudding)

1/2 cup arborio rice sushi rice (sticky rice)
4 cups milk
1 each vanilla bean cut into half lengthwise, and the seeds scaped*
2 1/2    tablespoons sugar
1 each lemon zested
1 1/2    tablespoons butter chilled and cut into small chunks
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar or sugar, for sprinkling


Instructions: (baked creamy rice pudding)

Preheat the oven to 325 F degrees.

Add the rice into a square baking dish (or similar capacity baking dish) that has been placed onto a baking sheet.
Whisk together the milk, vanilla bean and seeds, sugar and lemon zest until well combined.
Pour over the rice and stir until well mixed.
Cover the top with a large piece of tin-foil.
Bake the rice pudding for 60 minutes.
Remove the foil and let bake for another 30 minutes.
Place the butter pieces over the partially baked pudding.
Sprinkle the sugar.
Continue baking for another 15 to 20 minutes until the top becomes slightly golden.
Cool for a few minutes, and serve warm.

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