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Creamy Rice Pudding

Hubby loves rice pudding. In the absence of rice pudding, he'll sometimes pour milk over leftover rice and sprinkle it with cinnamon. To me, that's SO not the same thing, but my early-married-attempts to make rice pudding were less than spectacular, so he was stuck with rice'n'milk for many years.

Then one day we had some leftover rice and I whisked it away to the refrigerator so I could save it and make REAL rice pudding. It can't be that hard, right? And it wasn't! This recipe is wonderful, easy, and delicious! I used this one from allrecipes.com.

To make it, you'll need 1 1/2 cups of leftover rice, 2 cups milk (divided), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 egg, 1/3 cup white sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. (The rice and milk aren't pictured here.)

Start by combining the rice, 1 1/2 cup of the milk, and the salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and creamy. When it begins to boil, turn down the heat a bit and keep stirring so it won't burn on the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 15-20 minutes.

Then add the remaining half cup of milk and the egg, beaten together, and the sugar. Mix together in the pan and continue to stir as it cooks and bubbles, for an additional 2-3 minutes. It should be nice and thick.

Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla, and mix together. (Use REAL vanilla extract, by the way, not that imitation stuff. I learned the hard way years ago that using imitation vanilla can make a recipe seize up and you'll have to throw the whole thing out.)

Spoon into serving dishes and serve warm or cold, with nutmeg or cinnamon sprinkled on top if you like. The original recipe calls for golden raisins too, but they are optional. We like it without raisins.


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  1. Anonymous2:01 PM

    Oh yummy! Printing it out right now to make later this week after we have rice with our Tuesday dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a vintage recipe also. I'm so into that recently. I'd love to have you link this to What to do Weekends Party also. Following on several platforms. Linda


  3. Thank you, Linda, I'll hop over and do that now.

  4. Oh, I love rice pudding cold with golden raisins and almond slivers. This looks great. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Thanks, Holli. I haven't tried it with almond slivers; that sounds delicious!


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