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Amazing Old Fashioned Rice Pudding Recipe


Welcome to our nostalgic and comforting recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a timeless recipe for Old Fashioned Rice Pudding. This creamy and delightful dessert is perfect for any occasion and brings back memories of home-cooked meals and family gatherings. Let’s dive in!



  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Step 1: Cook the Rice

  1. Rinse Rice: Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch.
  2. Cook Rice: In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Pudding Mixture

  1. Heat Milk and Cream: In a large saucepan, combine the cooked rice, whole milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture starts to thicken and comes to a gentle boil, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Beat Eggs: In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Gradually add a few tablespoons of the hot rice mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly to temper the eggs. This prevents the eggs from scrambling when added to the hot mixture.
  3. Combine Mixtures: Slowly pour the tempered eggs back into the saucepan with the rice mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the pudding thickens further.

Step 3: Add Flavorings

  1. Add Raisins and Spices: Stir in the raisins (if using), vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and butter. Continue to cook for another minute until everything is well combined and the butter is melted.

Step 4: Cool and Serve

  1. Cool Pudding: Remove the pudding from heat and let it cool slightly. The pudding will continue to thicken as it cools.
  2. Serve Warm or Cold: Serve the rice pudding warm for a cozy treat, or refrigerate it for at least 2 hours to serve it chilled. Either way, it’s delicious!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Milk and Cream: For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half or all whole milk instead of heavy cream.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of sugar to your taste preference.
  • Raisins: Soak the raisins in warm water for 10 minutes before adding them to the pudding for extra plumpness.


Coconut Rice Pudding

Replace the whole milk with coconut milk and add 1/2 cup shredded coconut to the mixture for a tropical twist.


Chocolate Rice Pudding

Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the pudding mixture for a rich chocolate flavor.


Fruit Rice Pudding

Top the rice pudding with fresh berries, sliced bananas, or mango for added freshness and flavor.


Spiced Rice Pudding

Add a pinch of cardamom, cloves, and a dash of orange zest for a warm and aromatic spiced pudding.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this rice pudding ahead of time?

Yes, rice pudding can be made ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of milk to restore its creamy texture.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover rice pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving, if desired.

Can I freeze rice pudding?

Yes, you can freeze rice pudding. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

What can I serve with rice pudding?

Rice pudding can be served on its own or topped with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or fresh fruit for added flavor.

How can I make the pudding creamier?

For an extra creamy texture, stir in an additional 1/4 cup of heavy cream or a tablespoon of butter just before serving.

Old Fashioned Rice Pudding is a classic and comforting dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With its creamy texture and delightful flavors, it’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing this timeless dessert with your loved ones!


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