Baked lemon & vanilla rice pudding

Baked lemon & vanilla rice pudding

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr, 35 mins


Serves 4 - 6

The uplifting zing of lemon zest cuts through the richness of this creamy and comforting classic

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (6)

  • kcal309
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0g
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  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 450ml single cream
  • zest 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 100g short-grain pudding rice
  • 25g butter, diced



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Put the milk, cream, zest and vanilla pod in a saucepan. Gently bring to a simmer, then stir in the caster sugar and rice.

  2. Transfer mixture to a shallow ovenproof dish and dot the butter on top. Bake for 30 mins, then stir well and cook for 1 hr more until the pudding is soft and creamy, and a golden skin has formed on top. The depth and type of dish you use will affect the cooking time, so if the pudding seems too loose, return to the oven and check every 10 mins or so. Once cooked, rest for 10 mins before serving.

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13th Mar, 2012
Any thoughts on whether this would work with dairy substitutes like soya milk and soya cream? I'm lactose intolerant but used to absolutely adore rice pudding as a kid so would love to find a way to make it again without giving myself a poorly tummy!
13th May, 2015
Oat milk and oat cream work just as well as I use these for my dairy allergic daughter....yummy
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4th Feb, 2014
You can definitely substitute the milk and cream for coconut milk. I make a similar recipe from the River Cottage Baby and toddler cook book and it's delicious with the coconut milk.
12th Feb, 2012
Not sure where I went wrong, but mine didn't thicken. Also I found it quite rich with all that cream!
24th Jan, 2012
Very easy, tasted delicious. Used vanilla extract rather than pod. Don't think would serve 6! Used Elmlea and skimmed milk to reduce fat content.
17th Jan, 2012
Delicious! The lemon gave it a lovely fresh taste. Have always made traditional rice pudding with a touch of nutmeg - think this will be the new favourite. The four of us demolished it in one sitting, definately wouldn't serve 6 in our house!


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