Rice pudding is a tasty dessert made from rice and milk, water or cream. Other ingredients are often added, such as fresh fruit, jam, dried fruit, alcohol, chocolate, nuts and spices. A rice pudding can be an incredibly comforting dessert but is also served as a dinnertime accompaniment in many areas of the world.
This is a lovely, creamy rice pudding that’s a cinch to make. Feel free to add cinnamon or raisins, but it’s an incredibly yummy pudding as it is.
- 1 liter of milk
- 100g caster sugar
- 100g white rice
- 2 eggs
- 35g butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
Method of Preparation:
- Preheat the rice cooker to 150C/gas mark 2 and grease and line a large baking dish.
- Beat the eggs until no traces of white remain. Gently add the milk to the eggs, beating all the time.
- Stir in the rice, along with the sugar, butter, vanilla extract and ground nutmeg.
- Pour the mixture into the baking dish and put it into the oven.
- Cook for between two to three hours in the oven. Stir it often in the first two hours and then leave it to cook. Once the rice is tender, the pudding is cooked.
- Serve warm from the oven.
In some Nordic countries, rice pudding is made very simply with milk and sugar and can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In Iceland, for example, rice pudding is served cold with blood sausage.
Frequently, in Nordic countries, rice pudding is served at Christmastime. It’s a traditional pudding, and a common thing to do is for a whole almond to be hidden in the pudding. The person who finds the almond either wins money or a prize. Winning the almond is also thought to bring the person luck for the whole year. This is a tradition that’s very similar to the English tradition of money being hidden in a Christmas cake.
Rice pudding can be made with a variety of ingredients, but common variations include the addition of eggs, whipped cream and condensed milk. It can also be partially cooked in a saucepan and then finished in the oven.