3 cups whole or 2% low-fat milk 3/4 cup long-grain rice 3 cups half-and-half 3 eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup raisins or currants (optional) Cinnamon
In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer. Add the rice, stir to combine, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and all the milk has been absorbed. Remove from the heat. Stir in the half-and-half and the sugar.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs until well blended; stir them into the rice mixture. Return the saucepan to medium heat. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat a spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and optional raisins or currants. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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