Fine Desserts The Creamiest Rice Pudding 4.75 from 251 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Jump To Video Save Recipe Just like the Creamiest Rice Pudding recipe my mum used to make me when growing up in Ireland, this is one sweet dessert you won't want to miss. By Gemma Stafford | June 4, 2020 | 343 Last updated on August 27, 2020 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! I’m convinced that there are two types of people in this world: those who never had good rice pudding and those who can instantly be transported back to a family kitchen table when they eat it! I’m definitely in the second category. Nothing feels more like home to me than a bowl of this delicious dessert. I grew up on it! My mum would bake it in the oven, and the warm, creamy sweet treat was the perfect cure for a dark, Irish winter night. In Ireland, it is always served warm. In America, it’s a familiar sight in your local diner’s dessert fridge. American grocery stores also don’t carry what we’d call “pudding rice,” a starchy, short-grained rice, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t create an incredibly creamy, rich, and flavorful rice pudding without it! A lot of internet recipes call for only rice, sugar, and milk. Simple enough! But let’s get bolder! My recipe calls for just a few additions that I’m sure you already have: butter, cream, cinnamon, and vanilla. I guarantee every member of the family will love this treat. Even the ever-elusive and camera-shy Waffles showed up to have his share! What Is Rice Pudding? This recipe starts with rice, milk, and sugar. While the rice cooks in the milk, its starch is released, which naturally makes the pudding creamier. Letting this combination of flavors, amped up by vanilla, cinnamon, butter, and cream, cook on low for around 30 minutes allows that process to take place. Afterward, letting this saucy mix sit off the heat will allow the rice to absorb all that delicious liquid back in. What you’re left with is this simply delicious creamy dessert. What Kind Of Rice? You want to make sure you use very starchy rice. It is the key ingredient. Without “pudding rice,” (which is what we use in Ireland) I turn to Arborio or Calrose rice, which are typically used for risottos and paella. Sushi rice can be used as well, but out of the three, Calrose is the cheapest choice, and the results are always the same. What You Need To Make Rice Pudding Get ready for this extensive list: Medium saucepan Measuring spoons Measuring cups Wooden spoon or rubber spatula How To Make Rice Pudding Wouldn’t it be nice if making a creamy, heartwarming dessert was as easy as tossing all the ingredients into a saucepan and letting it do its thing? Good news, that’s exactly how you make this delicious, thick, and easy pudding (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, down below): Mix all ingredients into a medium saucepan over low heat until they come to a gentle simmer. Cook on low for 35-40 and stir occasionally until the rice is tender. The liquid should be thickened, but not fully absorbed in the rice. When the rice pudding appears to be still “saucy,” remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes as the rice absorbs the liquid. Serve warm! Or cold! And a little raspberry jam on top couldn’t hurt! Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For The Creamiest Rice Pudding You do not want to overcook it on the heat! Leave it saucy: you want the rice to be tender, but you should take your saucepan off the heat when the liquid has ALMOST been absorbed. Letting your rice sit for 20 minutes afterward will cause it to absorb all that deliciousness and leave you with a rich and creamy dessert. Seasoning is everything! Pudding can be bland and mushy without the vital inclusion of cinnamon and vanilla. Adding a pinch of cinnamon and splash of vanilla really elevates this rice pudding recipe from the rest! While I love the texture and taste milk and cream give this dish, other liquids work as well! Try almond, goat, coconut, or soy milk instead. How To Store Rice Pudding Once your rice pudding has cooled, store in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. Why is rice pudding such a comfort food to so many people? This dessert has been around, in all corners of the world, for generations. But this recipe always reminds me of home. Get More Pudding 10-Minute Chocolate Pudding Classic Vanilla Pudding Brownie Bread Pudding And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking cookbook for more desserts! Full (and printable) recipe below the video! Try These Recipes! 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Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 6 servings Ingredients 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) starchy rice (Aborio, Calrose, Sushi rice)3 cups (24floz/675ml) whole milk1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) cream*1/4 cup (2oz/57g) sugar 2 tablespoons (1oz/28g) butter 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions Into a medium saucepan over low heat add in all of the above ingredients and allow to come to a gentle simmer. Cook on low for roughly 35-40 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has thickened but not absorbed fully. Stir occasionally.Remove from the heat while the rice pudding is still quite 'saucy' and allow to sit for 20 minutes. During this time the rice will continue to absorb the liquid leaving you with a rich and creamy rice pudding.Serve warm or cold with a dollop of raspberry jam on top.Once cold, store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Play Recipe Notes *If you don't have cream feel free to use all milk. But I would use a higher fat milk because that will have more flavor and make creamier rice pudding.