Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Brown Rice Cream

Some of the time I see recipes that look amazing in every way except that they call for some sort of cream. A lot of the time the people I bake for can't have nuts or gluten either, and since I drink almond milk usually buying a whole carton of the less allergenic rice milk is cost prohibitive - especially if the recipe calls for only a half cup or so. We do, however, buy a lot of brown rice around here, and we always have leftovers when my mom makes stir-fries. Rather than throw out tons and tons of it, or let it go rancid (the stepfamily doesn't believe in leftovers and apparently has never heard of fried rice), I figured I'd do something useful with it and create a cream substitute at the same time.

Unlike the more watery commercial rice milk, this version is as thick as heavy cream and works in any baking application requiring it. It doesn't whip, obviously, and I haven't tried it in caramel making yet but it's on my to-do list! My guess is that for caramel adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to the finished "cream" would prevent it from curdling. If you'd rather drink your rice milk, simply dilute the finished cream to your preference!

Brown Rice Cream
Makes about 2 cups of "cream" which can be diluted for a beverage if you like
1 cup cooked brown rice
3 1/4 cups water, divided
pinch salt
1 vanilla bean, split (optional)
1 packet vanilla-flavoured stevia (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup additional water
  1. In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a simmer.
  2. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes. Remove the vanilla pod if using.
  3. Scrape/pour mixture into a blender, add 1/4 cup water and puree until completely smooth.
  4. Add the additional 1/2 cup water if necessary to blend - it should be liquid but thick.
  5. Let stand 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  6. Line a strainer set over a bowl with cheesecloth and pour the blender mixture in. Let drain, discard the solids.

Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories: 108.0
Total Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 5.0 mg
Total Carbs: 22.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 2.5 g

Linked to #glutenfree Fridays Recipe Party #4

1 comment :

  1. Have you used this as a coffee creamer? I've been looking for a soy-free, dairy-free, carageennan-free substitution for the So Delicious I'd been using.


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