A nice rice pudding

A nice rice pudding

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 2 hrs

Skill level



Serves 4

Try this recipe for a low-fat rice pudding, which doesn't skimp on creaminess

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (using semi-skimmed milk)



  • 100g pudding rice
  • 50g sugar
  • 700ml semi-skimmed milk
  • pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf, or strip lemon zest

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Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Wash the rice and drain well. Butter an 850ml heatproof baking dish, then tip in the rice and sugar and stir through the milk. Sprinkle the nutmeg over and top with the bay leaf or lemon zest. Cook for 2 hrs or until the pudding wobbles ever so slightly when shaken.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2006

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moira-pat's picture

I made rice pudding yesterday (not this recipe) using a tin of Evaporated Milk topped up to 500ml with 100g rice. Not enough milk - it was like soft concrete :-)
Next time will use this recipe but will bring the rice, sugar, salt and milk to the boil before putting into dish and oven.
Will also put a bit of butter on the top with the nutmeg.

susandjohnson's picture
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I've always made rice pudding this way as this is the method my mum and her mum used. Is there another way aside from just adding a touch of vanilla extract or full-fat milk?

golighty's picture
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I live in Australia and we make rice pudding all the time. This recipe worked well.

smythv91's picture

I haven't tried this version but I have been making similar rice pudding for over 30 years from childhood - thanks to my wee mum. My mum's method is to make twice the quantity and refrigerate the unused portion. On the second day mix the rice with an egg and place the mixture in a shallow, lightly buttered pyrex dish. Place under a medium grill until the surface of the rice has tuned a golden brown... This is delicious served with a light sprinkling of sugar on top and single cream poured over. It is even more delicious with fresh nectarines or peaches.

alexandra_x's picture

Just made this... Very easy to make just hope it tastes as nice as it smells :) x

emsmith's picture

How lovely to come across such a straightforward recipe for rice pudding! Will be giving it a go this evening. Am thinking of stirring some raspberries through it and then grating some dark chocolate over the top. Yummy!

honeynut's picture

I like my rice pudding wetter that this so added more milk, no skin on top which is just how I like it :)
I like to stir a little bit of Treacle into hot rice pudding just before eating, try it!!

sharonc30's picture

Fantastic pudding! I am lactose intolerant so struggle for decent warm puddings. I used Lactofree milk and splenda to keep the calories down, and to be honest, you wouldnt know the difference!

mumsyjill's picture

I have just made this pudding...absolutley gorgeous!!! I made it on full fat milk and it was really creamy. Will definitely make it again.

weddingdreams's picture

this really is a easy recipe for rice pudding i will give this a go yum yum.

gipmaster's picture
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Very easy and comforting dessert!! but can be made even healthier with sugar alternative:

Even though it only has 214Kcal per serving and is quite low in sat fats, bit is still moderatley high in sugar... this can be reduced by using sugar alternatives, I used "Perfect Sweet" which looks, tastes and cooks like regular sugar but is made from Xylitol which is a natural sugar alternative that is found in a whole host of plants and fruits and occurs naturally in the body therefore no artificial freaky things in it and with only a GI value of 7 making it suitable for diabetics as well.

gervais's picture

Niki, I also live in Australia so have just tried to cook this with arborio rice I will let you know how it goes even though it is more than a year since your question. You will no doubt have discovered that this place is very strange when it comes to food!!

steffy1985's picture
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really nice and creamy. The other half likes it a lot. Doesn't skimp on taste and lower in calories than some other receipes

anguswatt's picture
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juliafrancis's picture
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Had lots of milk & cream left over from Chrstmas & decided to make rice pudding... put in microwave in a large bowl covered in cling film. cooked on medium for 20 minutes - stirring well after each 5 mins - came out absolutely perfect! Left on the side to cool - and added some more milk and stirred as rice had continued to absorb liquid... ok so you don't get the brown skin on top.. but it's a great way of making rice pudding very fast!

steff1's picture

made this last nite! really easy and really yummy great comfort food! i used whole milk and added a vanilla pod!

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nanavonny's picture

The family loved it!

bex9990's picture

If I've got any fruit sitting in the fruit bowl looking sad I add it in rather than waste it- apples, pears and plums are all great! But I have to add a bit of extra milk too, especially with dried fruit like raisins or dried apricots. Lovely winter food, but good cold in the summer too.

sallyk's picture

I always make rice pudding on the hob. You need to watch it carefully but all the stirring makes it really creamy even if only made with semi-skimmed milk.