Old-Fashioned Creamy Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
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Ratings (11)
  • Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
171 Calories
5g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
(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.

*How to Scald Milk

Put the milk in a heavy pan over medium heat. Heat the milk, stirring frequently. Scrape the bottom of the pan often to check for 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).

*Add about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar for a sweeter pudding.

Tips and Variations

  • Spiced Rice Pudding: Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

  • Rice Pudding With Raisins: Add 1/2 cup of raisins to the rice mixture and add a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg.

  • Replace the granulated sugar with packed light brown sugar.

  • Apricot-Raisin Rice Pudding: Add 1/4 cup of chopped dried apricots, 1/4 cup of raisins, and a pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg.