Chef John's Classic Rice Pudding

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For whatever reason, rice pudding is usually not near the top when people list their favorite desserts, but despite that, it's a proven crowd-pleaser, and quite easy to make, especially using this simplified, one-pot method.

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Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup uncooked long-grain white rice

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 ⅓ cups milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon cold butter

  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped

Directions

  1. Place rice, salt, and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; sprinkle with sugar and pour in milk. Stir with a whisk until until the thin layer of cooked-on starch at the bottom of the pan is cleared and incorporated into the mixture, 2 or 3 minutes.

  2. Place pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it reaches your desired of level of doneness and creaminess, 8 to 10 minutes. The longer it cooks, the thicker and stickier it will be. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Very quickly whisk in the egg yolk (to prevent it from cooking). Whisk for about 1 more minute. Add butter and dried cherries; stir thoroughly.

  3. Transfer warm pudding to serving dishes. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 3 to 4 hours.

Chef's Tips:

If you're nervous about adding the egg yolk to the hot pudding, you can also place the yolk in a bowl, add a small amount of pudding to it, and whisk together. Transfer mixture to the pudding.

Serving ideas: Simply dust top with cinnamon or fresh fruit. Or finish it like a crème brulee: Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of sugar onto the pudding. Melt the sugar with a chef's torch until crisp and dark brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
6g Fat
40g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 156mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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