$31,402 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Recipe: Risengroed

    INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2-1/2 quarts milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Denmark

Also Called: Rice Pudding

As the feast of St. Thomas is celebrated, the charity of Christ was made to include all. In Gloucestershire, England, poor women went a "Thomasing" or begging, and no one would refuse them gifts. In Shropshire each farmer reserved a sack of wheat from the harvest. This was distributed on St. Thomas Day to the poor, a quart at a time. The wheat was taken and cooked for the Christmas feast. First it was boiled until the grains had burst. (Try using a pressure cooker, it will make the grain softer.) Then the boiled wheat was cooked again in milk and eggs; raisins, sugar and spice were added. In old English this was know as Frumenty. This staple of the Christmas table is much like the Danish Risengroed or rice porridge which is always part of the Christmas feast.

The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle was traditionally on December 21. Although the feast is now moved the July 3rd, this day still marks in Europe many customs, and also marks the final countdown for baking and cleaning for Christmas.

DIRECTIONS

Scald rice with boiling water. Drain. Rinse a pan with cold water, and pour into milk. Heat milk to boiling, add rice gradually. Cover pan, and simmer slowly for 50 minutes. (You can cook it in 25 minutes in a pressure cooker.) When tender, add cream and salt. Serve in soup dishes with butter and raspberry syrup. Use sugar and cinnamon to taste.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999
Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 13 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6