THIS WONDERFUL old recipe was a treat during the Depression. We didn't have dairy topping in those days, so we enjoyed it with real, heavy cream.
Mother served this as a special treat for our family. During celebrations we got to eat it in glass dishes with a cherry on the top.
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
As a girl, I always helped with canning and preserving fruit, including persimmons. Now I buy large quantities at the grocery store. I love to serve this unique dessert for fall and winter gatherings.—Opal Amidon, Garden Grove, California
Jennifer Eggebraaten's family enjoys this pleasing pudding all year long. "We love it because it only takes a fraction of the time of old-fashioned baked rice pudding," she writes from her Hastings, Michigan kitchen. "It's easily our favorite dessert."
I live in Traverse City, the Cherry Capital of the World, and what better way to celebrate our wonderful orchards than by using plump, tart dried cherries in my favorite desserts? This slow-cooked rice pudding recipe always turns out wonderful.—Deb Perry, Traverse City, Michigan
I can't think of a more comforting dessert than this pudding. The toffee bits add a crunch to its creamy consistency. Husband Frank and I enjoy making treats like this together. It looks especially pretty layered in a parfait glass.
In Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Debbie Skaggas warms up winter nights with this old-fashioned dessert. "My husband likes this dish served warm or cold," she shares. "it's a good way to use up extra rice."