Blog 1864 - Saumya Singh

During the war and his presidency, Ulysses S. Grant enjoyed rice pudding with lemon sauce. It was his main comfort food and go to snack during his time during the war and during his presidency. He enjoyed it mostly because it soothed his stress and calmed his nerves when he was dealing with stress and needed a break. It was also his favorite dessert, during banquets to serve or after meals. Although he liked to host very extravagant banquets, he always kept a taste for more simple and basic foods, from his days a soldier. Although his original rice pudding recipe is lost, below I have a recipe for rice pudding with lemon sauce from civilwartalk.com.

Grant's Rice Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Rice Pudding Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
3 cups cooked rice
4 eggs, separated
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Ingredients Lemon Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir butter into rice.
Beat egg yolks, add half and half, milk, sugar, lemon peel and salt.
Add yolk mixture to rice, fold in egg whites which have been beaten until stiff but not dry.
Turn into a buttered shallow 2 quart baking dish, set in pan of hot water. Bake 1 hour, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve warm with lemon sauce.

How to make Lemon Sauce:

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt, stir in water gradually. Cook, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Blend in remaining ingredients.

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