Rice Pudding

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Classic, creamy rice pudding! Boiled rice with milk, cream, egg, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

“Rice pudding is how God intended us to eat rice,” my father announced when I mentioned I was thinking about making some. Well that settled it, rice pudding it would be.

With a little investigation, I found that there are two basic ways to make rice pudding—baking or boiling.

Then there is my father’s way, which is take some cold white rice, add some cream, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix and eat. Dad has been making rice pudding this way my whole life, but dad’s method has never appealed to me that much, so boiling or baking it would have to be.

The first recipe I tried called for 3/4 cup of heavy cream for a recipe that only served 2 people. Yikes! Too rich, couldn’t eat it. (Ever notice that recipes 20 years and older can be a bit heavy on the cream and butter?) A couple of adjustments later, I settled on this recipe, using the boiling method. It is especially tasty with raisins.

Rice Pudding Recipe

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  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) of whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) of uncooked short grain white rice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup (40 grams) raisins

Method

1 Cook the rice in milk: In a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the milk, rice and salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

2 Mix egg and brown sugar, temper with rice mixture: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg and brown sugar until well mixed. Add a half cup of the hot rice mixture to the egg mixture, a tablespoon at a time, vigorously whisking to incorporate.

Whisk eggs and brown sugar to make rice pudding temper eggs with hot rice pudding mixture

3 Add tempered egg mixture back to rice mixture: Add egg mixture back into the saucepan of rice and milk and stir, on low heat, for 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened, or about 160°F (71°C).

add tempered eggs back into rice pudding mixture to make rice pudding

Be careful not to have the mixture come to a boil at this point or it will curdle. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in the raisins and cinnamon.

Serve warm or cold.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • MrsMay

    My husband said that it tastes like the pudding his mom used to cook. Knowing him, I have omitted raisins​ and cinnamon,and used only 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. As many reviews said,rice needs a little longer cooking if on low. Thickened very nicely. Thanks for the great recipe!!

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  • Jane Maturin

    Question: I am making this for someone who cannot have dairy. Can I substitute almond milk for the whole milk?

  • Jean

    I made this using Almond Milk because that’s what I have. Was delicious, no raisins because I don’t like them. Thanks

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  • deedee

    I used your tapioca pudding recipe and it was delicious dessert.
    This time I cooked rice pudding exactly as you directed. Just replace sugar by fructose. It’s really easy to cook and I like the result.
    Thank you

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  • Jennifer

    I cooked the rice in the microwave instead of babysitting it on the burner. It worked great. Absolutely delicious and so little work with the microwave. I’m pregnant and have morning sickness and this is all I wanted so, I’m happy to report (for all the other lazy people out there) that the microwave worked like a charm!

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