Mrs. Betty's 'Frank Butterscotch' Rice Pudding
About Mrs. Betty's Recipe Box
My family’s Elf on the Shelf is named Frank Butterscotch—the name given to him by my son. He goes by Frank, but his middle name suits him well also. The first morning after arriving at our house and getting his new name, we found him sitting right in a bowl of butterscotch candies gazing at the Christmas tree. That let us know that he approved of his new name.
When I came across this rice pudding recipe, I knew Frank had to be involved. This is not a typical butterscotch recipe made with brown sugar; it’s actually made with pudding mix. Rice is one of the oldest known foods, and rice pudding has been enjoyed for many centuries. It is unknown exactly who grew the first rice. I guess it depends on who you ask. Some say China, some India, some Persia. We may never know exactly; regardless where it originated, almost every country in the world has some type of rice dish and rice pudding for which they are proud. It’s been mentioned in literature from Shakespeare to Charles Dickens.
In Mrs. Betty’s recipe, you could substitute other flavors of pudding if you don’t like butterscotch, but I don’t think I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like butterscotch. Speaking of which, Frank Butterscotch is sitting on my piano right now reading a little Nativity book. Even though he knows Santa personally, he knows the real meaning of Christmas. It seems like the holidays get busier and busier every year, and it is so easy to forget when we’re “wrapped” up in the million other things going on. Last year, I read my son a dozen or more Christmas books, and when Christmas actually got here, I realized we had forgotten to read the story in the Bible. I will not let that slip by me this year.
Whether you make this pudding or other holiday treats, enjoy your time doing it and share that time with your family. Most importantly, remember the true reason we celebrate Christmas.
MRS. BETTY’S ‘FRANK BUTTERSCOTCH’ RICE PUDDING
1 package butterscotch pudding and pie filling mix, instant or cook and serve
2 cups milk
2 egg whites
2 cups white rice, cooked
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Make pudding according to package directions. Add rice and vanilla. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar. Add brown sugar on Tablespoon at a time; beat mixture until stiff peaks form. Fold into pudding. Spoon into serving dishes and chill.