Rice Pudding Round-Up!

August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day! We’re sharing how to make the easiest rice pudding recipe and some extra ingredients you can add to your pudding to make it more flavorful! As well as store bought options for when you’re in a rush!



Image credit: Joe Lingeman

Rice pudding is simply rice cooked in sweetened milk. As the rice cooks, it lets off starch that thickens the milk and suspends the tender grains of rice, contributing to its creaminess.



INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup uncooked short or long-grain white rice (or 3 cups cooked rice)

  • 3 to 4 cups dairy or unsweetened non-dairy milk

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar, more as needed

  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt

  • ½ vanilla bean or 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Measure out the rice and milk. Place 1 cup uncooked short-grain or long-grain white rice into a large saucepan. Add 4 cups of milk to the uncooked rice. OR place 3 cups cooked rice in a large saucepan. Add 3 cups of milk

  2. Add flavoring. Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Add any designed add-ins. If using vanilla bean, scrape the seeds from ½ vanilla bean and add the seeds and pod into the saucepan. If using vanilla bean pace, add 1 ½ teaspoons

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula so the rice does not stick

  4. Reduce the heat and to maintain a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the rice is very tender and the mixture starts to thicken. Usually 20 to 22 minutes for uncooked rice and 10 to 12 minutes for cooked rice

  5. Remove the heat and stir in 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract (if using) and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter until melted. Remove the vanilla bean pod if needed.

  6. Taste and add more sugar, as desired

  7. Serve! The rice pudding will continue to thicken as it cools. Thin out with more milk if desired


INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOR:

  • Sauces: carmel, chocolate

  • Chocolate chips

  • Rainbow sprinkles

  • Raisins

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Any kind of fruit

  • Splash of Bourbon or Rum (yes, you read that right!)



STORE-BOUGHT OPTIONS


Kozy Shack

Comes in on-the-go snack packs or big tubs!


Image credit: kozyshack.com

Petit Pot

It’s organic and has plant based options!


Image credit: @petit_pot on Instagram