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Unusual Rice Pudding Recipe with Grape Gelatin

This recipe, known as “glorified rice” appears in a very early gelatin cookbook. We have modified it to use grape gelatin rather than lemon gelatin, but the rest of the ingredients and preparation remain the same. Not everyone likes combining rice with gelatin and, even if you love rice pudding recipes, you might find the concept of combining gelatin with rice strange. If in doubt, why not try the recipe for yourself? Perhaps you have some leftover rice, in which case this is an economical recipe to make and you might love it. The rice must be thoroughly cooked and very dry.

You can use any flavor of gelatin you like in this recipe and any kind of fruit juice. The original recipe called for pineapple juice but you can substitute that for anything you happen to have, such as orange juice or mixed fruit juice. If you want to make a two-tone gelatin mold, you can use two flavors of gelatin and let the first layer set before pouring on the second. You might find the salt a strange ingredient to feature in a gelatin dessert recipe but the original recipe calls for it, so you might like to add a little. If you really do not like the idea, you do not have to add any salt at all.

The rice adds texture to the gelatin, like you would get if you stirred in fruit or if you were to make a gelatin salad with nuts, marshmallows, and candies. Gelatin is delicious alone but even more delicious when you use it to make gelatin recipes, adding other ingredients to contrast with the gelatin flavor and texture. Most fans of rice pudding recipes will enjoy the following rice pudding and gelatin dish because the ingredients go together nicely and it is really easy to make.

Old Fashioned Gelatin with Rice Pudding
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 10
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  • 2 packages grape gelatin
  • 1 pint boiling water
  • 4 cups cold boiled rice
  • 2 cup whipped cream
  • 1 pint canned fruit juice
  • 8 tablespoons white sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water.
  2. Add the fruit juice and leave to cool.
  3. Whip the mixture to the consistency of whipped cream.
  4. Fold the rice into the gelatin mixture.
  5. Add the whipped cream and sugar.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Pour the mixture into a ring mold and leave it in the refrigerator to set.
  8. Serve in slices.

Photo Description:

As you can see from the picture, this is an unusual looking gelatin and rice pudding dessert. You do not have to serve it with cream, like in the photo, but you can if you like. Leftover rice often gets used up in stir fries and pilaf recipes if it is not thrown out. It is easy to cook too much rice (we have all done it at some point!) but recipes like this rice pudding recipe with grape gelatin mean you can use the extra rice to make something delicious instead of throwing it away or having to make another dish with it, to use it up. This tasty gelatin mold recipe features the flavors of grape gelatin and fruit juice and the interesting texture of soft, cooked rice.

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