"UNCLE BEN'S" OLD-FASHIONED RICE PUDDING

1¾ cups water
½ cup uncooked rice
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups milk nutmeg or cinnamon, as desired
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup raisins, steamed in water and drained

Bring water to a boil. Stir in the rice and the salt. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Next, add the milk and boil gently for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Gradually, stir the hot milk/rice mixture into the egg mixture. Mix well. Pour into a greased 1½ quart casserole. Add raisins. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon. Place casserole into a pan of water. Bake, uncovered at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until it tests done.