This recipe is so creamy and delicious, even those who don't like rice pudding will ask for more. A little time consuming, but well worth the effort. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
4 hrs 30 mins
total:
5 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring milk, Arborio rice, sugar, butter, and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently until rice is very tender, about 1 hour. Remove from heat.

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  • Beat eggs in a bowl, and gradually stir in about 1 cup of the rice mixture with the beaten eggs, adding about 1/4 cup of the hot rice at a time. Return the egg mixture into the saucepan, and stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract.

  • Pour the rice pudding into a 3-quart dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Allow pudding to cool slightly, then cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

469 calories; protein 12g; carbohydrates 53.8g; fat 23.1g; cholesterol 119.3mg; sodium 199.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
I must first start by stating this recipe has been unjustly crucified. It is creamy and delicious but as with all recipes is a guideline. A couple things should not be adjusted. 1. DO make sure you are using Arborio or carnaroli rice AKA Risotto rice. 2. DO use 8 cups of liquid to 1 cup of risotto rice for rice pudding. The larger grain makes the rice absorb more liquid. 3. After bringing to the boil quickly reduce to a simmer and STIR. STIR. STIR. Risotto is creamy because you stir it knocking the starch off into the broth making it creamy. So make sure you stir and often. 4. If it's not thick the rice probably is not done. 5. It takes a considerrabe amount of time longer to cook things in milk than water it's a viscosity and food science thing so it is going to take longer than normal to cook the rice. 6. Be patient. It's like watching a large pot of water cook. As for my experiment with this recipe I included a fresh scraped vanilla bean and contents at the simmer stage and omitted the cinnamon and vanillal extract. I also used 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup. I like toppings on my pudding...like cooked fruit so I can always adjust the sweetness through those. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/14/2011
I made this dish exactly as directed. I ended up with more of a soup than pudding. The rice was nice when I tested it (after an hour of simmering) but ended up hardening a bit in the cooling stage. Now it is possible that I didn't have the heat high enough while cooking which lead to the soupy texture. But I'm not sure if that was the intention of the poster. If it is not my suggestion is to simmer for about 1 and 1/2 hours or until most of the milk has evaporated. This should solve the 2 problems I had with the dish. With the corrections this recipe would be a 3 or 4 star dish. It is very creamy. Read More
(6)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2011
I must first start by stating this recipe has been unjustly crucified. It is creamy and delicious but as with all recipes is a guideline. A couple things should not be adjusted. 1. DO make sure you are using Arborio or carnaroli rice AKA Risotto rice. 2. DO use 8 cups of liquid to 1 cup of risotto rice for rice pudding. The larger grain makes the rice absorb more liquid. 3. After bringing to the boil quickly reduce to a simmer and STIR. STIR. STIR. Risotto is creamy because you stir it knocking the starch off into the broth making it creamy. So make sure you stir and often. 4. If it's not thick the rice probably is not done. 5. It takes a considerrabe amount of time longer to cook things in milk than water it's a viscosity and food science thing so it is going to take longer than normal to cook the rice. 6. Be patient. It's like watching a large pot of water cook. As for my experiment with this recipe I included a fresh scraped vanilla bean and contents at the simmer stage and omitted the cinnamon and vanillal extract. I also used 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup. I like toppings on my pudding...like cooked fruit so I can always adjust the sweetness through those. Read More
(21)
Rating: 2 stars
09/14/2011
I made this dish exactly as directed. I ended up with more of a soup than pudding. The rice was nice when I tested it (after an hour of simmering) but ended up hardening a bit in the cooling stage. Now it is possible that I didn't have the heat high enough while cooking which lead to the soupy texture. But I'm not sure if that was the intention of the poster. If it is not my suggestion is to simmer for about 1 and 1/2 hours or until most of the milk has evaporated. This should solve the 2 problems I had with the dish. With the corrections this recipe would be a 3 or 4 star dish. It is very creamy. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2011
I gave it 2 stars as written..I use 8 cups of milk to 1 cup rice as well but you need to cook it long enough to get a good custardy consistency. I take it off the heat and add the vanilla. While it's cooling I whip the cream and then fold it into the cooled rice pudding. Also I've never added butter the milk and the cream are rich enough. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 1 stars
09/16/2011
Is there a typo in listing the ingredients??? 8 cups of milk for 1 cup rice??? then an additional cup of rice?? I halved the milk and the 2 eggs still didn't make it thick enough. To salvage it I added 2 cups of cooked rice and 1 cup of raisins and it was still a tad too mucky - I hate to think what I would have had to deal with if I had used all of the milk - what a waste of time - I will only rate a recipe if I make it exactly as written. Any changes then I am rating something else. So I give this recipe only a single star so I can make the posting. Sorry but won't ever look at this recipe again Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2012
Thank you chefBarbie for the hints. I have always made rice pudding with reg rice and milk and sugar and boiled it. It is one of my favorites so when I saw this I was very excited to try it. Curious to see what happens when you use a different rice. The arborio rice gives it a different better texture than just ordinary rice. I usually don't write a review when I've altered it but it seems this recipe needs a few stars in its favor. I use nutmeg instead of cinnamon. Always have... and Chef Barbie I have an interesting varation for you. I put orange extract instead of vanilla extract. But since you use real vanilla bean that would be even better than the orange. These variations are just for taste the instuctions are fine and it turned out exactly how I imagined it would. I followed the chef's tips about lots of stirring. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2013
Fabulous recipe! I have been searching for the perfect rice pudding which isn't too sweet and is creamy and satisfying! This is the recipe I have been looking for for many years. I got rave reviews from everyone every single time I served it so ended up making 4 batches of rice pudding in one week because everyone wanted it again! I tried the recipe using ordinary long grain rice and it did not work. Arborio rice is a must. I also ended up cooking it for about and hour and 15 minutes and it came out perfect! If I could give it 10 stars I would!!! (One cup of rice to 8 cups of milk and it ends up perfect. If you find it is not thick enough and seems too watery; continue cooking until it gets thick and you will not have a problem.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2015
My husband loves rice pudding. This is thinner than I thought it would be. The flavor is good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2017
Excellent recipe. I know because it's very similar to mine that I've made dozens of times! For those saying it's too much milk to rice ratio-you're wrong. I'm a rice pudding expert as it's my #1 favorite dessert in the world & I have cooked it hundreds of times using various recipes some of which cook the rice first in water & some like this one that cooks the rice in milk. I prefer the cooking in milk method. It takes a lot of milk because Arborio rice particularly absorbs more milk because it's a short fat very starchy grain of rice. The only change I would recommend is after bringing it to a boil reduce the heat to low and cook COVERED for 25 min. This ensures the rice is thoroughly cooked & does a much faster job of it. I usually set a timer for 25 minutes to ensure it stays covered for long enough. After the 25 min is up uncover & turn up the heat to medium until it comes to a soft boil or simmer then after a few minutes turn the heat back down to low. Stir constantly during this entire time. It will thicken up quite nicely. The more you stir the more it thickens as this releases the starch. You can also use medium grain rice for this recipe or my favorite half Arborio & half medium grain. That combination of 2 different types of rice just gives it the perfect texture! Read More
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