How to make rice pudding

Updated November 21, 2016

Made primarily from milk and rice, rice pudding is a dessert served all over the world. Rice pudding comes in many varieties. It can be made with chocolate, cinnamon, almonds and fruits such as apples and blackberries. Rice pudding requires only a few ingredients and is simple to make. However, it takes several hours to create because it must have time to simmer on the hob.

Add the milk, rice, sugar, butter and salt to the saucepan. Place the pan on a hob ring set to medium heat. Stir the mixture frequently until bubbles begin forming around the edge.

Reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Allow the mixture to simmer for one hour or until the rice is very soft. Stir occasionally.

Pour in the vanilla extract while stirring, once the rice is tender. Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least three hours so the pudding can chill.

Create creamy rice pudding by beating 250 ml (1 cup) of heavy whipping cream at medium speed until it creates soft peaks. Fold the whipping cream into the pudding using a rubber spatula.

Spoon the rice pudding into dessert dishes to serve after refrigerating or, if you prefer, warm it up gently first. Sprinkle nutmeg on the top of each serving. Create a fruit rice pudding by topping the pudding with a canned peach half and melba sauce, which is made from currant jelly and raspberries.


Begin preparing the rice pudding at least four-and-a-half hours in advance.

This recipe creates eight servings.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) milk
  • 250 ml (1 cup) medium-grain rice
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) butter
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • 2 ml (1/4 tsp) salt
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 250 ml (1 cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ml (1/4 tsp) ground nutmeg
  • Dessert dishes
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