Peach Rice Pudding

2-1/2 cups cooked rice
2-1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
2 tbs butter or margarine
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
One 16 oz can sliced peaches* in juice, drained
Whipped cream (optional)

Combine rice, milk, and sugar. Cook over medium heat in 3-quart saucepan until thick and creamy, about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring often. Add vanilla. Pour into serving dish. Heat honey, butter, lemon juice and peel, nutmeg, and Salt. Stir in drained Peaches; cook over low heat about 10 minutes. Spoon over rice pudding. Serve warm or cool. Garnish with Whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

*One and one-half cups sliced fresh peaches may be substituted.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana