Per my dad, who is now 87 and grew up in Philadelphia, the rice was very large, he said almost like it was soaked in milk. Well, thats what I did. Make the rice, I use Calrose rice, medium grain. The best is the asian rice. Anyhow, I use whole organic milk, and cover the rice just to the top. IMPORTANT: DO NOT REFRIGERATE during this process or rice will get hard. You have to leave it out while it absorbs the milk. This is done before the cooking. Then you have to add the milk the recipe calls for. So if you don't have time, don't soak the rice! Its amazing how much milk the rice absorbs! So years ago I figured this out, and my dad swears this is how the authentic Philly style rice pudding was, but I really think they may have used risotto instead of rice. I tried it before but it was difficult. Anyhow, thats how I've been making this for my dad over the past 25 years. Sad, he's nearing the end of his life, so this batch I just made for Christmas Eve dinner is probably going to be his last.
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Per my dad, who is now 87 and grew up in Philadelphia, the rice was very large, he said almost...