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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Creamy Rice Pudding

Some desserts fit squarely into the COMFORT category.  What they are not: fancy, trendy, and they don't require a trip to a gourmet food store for ingredients.  What they are: homey, nostalgic and just plain good.  They remind us of home, family, and gentler times.  This is one of those desserts. 

I adapted this recipe from a local restaurant and have made it all of my married life.  Every once in a while, I get an idea to "spiff it up" a bit or make it more elegant to serve to company, but it isn't that kind
of dessert.  It is what it is; simple, not-too-sweet, and just plain GOOD.  I think you might think so too.

The "secret ingredient" is freshly grated nutmeg.
Creamy Rice Pudding
(adapted from The Lion House)

2 cups of cooked long-grain rice
2 cups of whole milk
5 ½-ounces of evaporated milk (the smaller can)
¾ cup of raisins
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla

In a small saucepan, scald the milks together. Measure the raisin into a strainer and set over boiling water just long enough to plump them (you can skip this step if you have fresh, soft raisins). In a 3 quart saucepan combine cornstarch, salt, and sugar, and blend them well. Stir in hot milk mixture, stirring constantly over medium heat until thick and smooth. Remove from the heat. Pour a little of the hot mixture into beaten eggs while stirring rapidly. Return egg mixture to hot milk and rice and stir until thickened (only a minute or two). Remove from the heat. Stir in the raisins, spices, and vanilla. Chill.

Makes eight- ½ cup servings.


  1. I think my dad loves you LOL. He always raves about rice pudding -- I think it was his favorite dessert growing up. I've never made it -- wouldn't it make a fun surprise for him. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts during the winter. I'll have to try your version. I usually make the rice pudding recipe from Lambs.

  3. Nothing beats a traditional good rice pudding.

  4. Hi Bonnie,
    I too love rice pudding.
    It's been years and years since I last made rice pudding.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Today would be a perfect day to make it.
    We have a lot of snow, and we're staying in and staying warm.
    Rice pudding it is :)

  5. Yum, I love rice pudding. Will be trying this !

  6. Yum, I love rice pudding. Will be trying this !

  7. Ahh, rice pudding. Looks so good. Will have to try it sometine. Not something I grew up with, but all the more reason to find out.

  8. I adore rice pussing and never make it. It is just soooo good. Sometimes I have bought the Cozy Shack brand. I know my son will love it. Joni

  9. My husband loves rice pudding! Yours sounds yummy and looks so creamy:) Fresh grated nutmeg smells SO GOOD!

  10. This creamy pudding looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Many thanks for your lovely comment too. I really appreciated you took the time to write me.