Old-Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice pudding with cinnamon sticks and mint
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
171 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 6g
Calcium 186mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This rice pudding is an old-fashioned mixture of rice, sugar, and milk, and it is made without eggs. Just remember to stir it frequently. You can add spices to the pudding, or add some raisins or dried cranberries


  • 1 quart whole milk (scalded)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked rice (long grain white rice)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar**
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.

  2. In a 1 1/2 quart baking dish, combine all ingredients.

  3. Bake for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. This will give the pudding a creamy texture.

  4. If desired, sprinkle servings with ground cinnamon or a cinnamon-sugar blend.


  • To scald milk, pour it into a heavy pan and place the pan over medium heat. Heat the milk, stirring frequently. Scrape the bottom of the pan often to ensure it is not scorching or sticking. When it begins to steam and small bubbles form around the edge, remove it from heat. If you use a thermometer, look for a temperature of around 182 F (83 C).

Recipe Variations

  • Add about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar for a sweeter pudding.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg for a lightly spiced rice pudding.
  • Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries to the rice mixture and add a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Replace the granulated sugar with packed light brown sugar.
  • Add 1/4 cup of chopped dried apricots, 1/4 cup of raisins, and a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg.