Christmas Rice Pudding

Serves 6 to 8

Put milk, rice, sugar and salt into the top of a double boiler. Cover and cook 2½ to 3 hours over water until rice is soft and thick. Remove lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Put an almond in the rice pudding just before serving. According to old Danish legend, whoever finds the almond at Christmas will have a series of lucky adventures.

Sprinkle the pudding with cinnamon and sugar and accompany with a pitcher of cream.