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Quick and easy baked rice pudding recipe

Imagine a dessert that can warm your hearts on a chilly winter evening and cool your senses on a hot summer day. A dessert that’s creamy, flavorsome, and oh-so-easy to make with white rice, leftover rice, and a baking dish 😊. Meet the versatile and ever-delightful baked rice pudding, a little twist on the old fashioned rice pudding. This recipe, spotlighting the high-quality European Rice grown in Greece, is a delightful concoction that will tantalise your taste buds, and might just keep the kids quiet for a bit after dinner too 😂

Well, we can live in hope, right?

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As always – we have the ingredients and then the method for you here – if you need anything on this, do drop us a line too.

Ingredients:

Before we dive into the process of making your rice pudding, let’s familiarize ourselves with the key ingredients. Each ingredient brings it’s own unique charm and contributes to the taste of the final dish. Remember to scroll down and print the recipe card a little lower if you want to do so.

  • 20 g unsalted butter, melted (to add a silkiness to our pudding)
  • 3 tablespoons of European rice (medium grain is the best rice for this) (the star of our show, bringing texture and wholesomeness)
  • 3 eggs (for that custard-like creamy rice pudding)
  • 3 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar (to sweeten our tale)
  • 435 ml or 1¾ cups whole milk (for a luscious body). You can use semi-skimmed milk, but it won’t be as full bodied if you do
  • 125 ml cup cream (a touch of luxury)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract (for an aromatic twist making it into a vanilla pudding perfect for cold winter nights and comforting summer days)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (to spice things up)
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Method

Now that we’re introduced to our list of ingredients, let’s step into the kitchen and cook up some rice pudding fun. Follow these steps, and remember to add your own twists if you want to – for that little bit of family fun. For example, we have a few serving suggestions after the initial recipe.

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 160°C – the recipe has a bake time of 45 minutes. Brush a 1.5 litre ovenproof dish with the melted butter, distributing it evenly. This step is to prepare the tin for the rice pudding, making sure that it doesn’t stick of course.
  2. Next, cook the European rice in a saucepan of boiling water. Let it bubble away for 12 minutes, or until tender, then drain well as you don’t want too much liquid for the next stage. The rice grains, now softened and ready, are the perfect canvas for the dessert’s flavors.
  3. While the rice is cooling, place the eggs in a large bowl and beat lightly, just enough to break the yolks and mix them with the whites.
  4. Add the milk mixture to include the sugar, milk, cream, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the eggs. Whisk this concoction until it’s well combined, creating a sweet and creamy mixture that’s going to form our pudding’s base.
  5. Now, stir in the cooked rice into this creamy mixture in your large mixing bowl. Watch as the rice grains get enveloped in the custard, hinting at the delightful texture they’re going to provide.
  6. Pour this rice mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle it with nutmeg, adding an extra layer of flavor and aroma.
  7. Place the dish in a deep roasting tin, or a heatproof casserole dish. Pour hot water into the tin, ensuring it comes halfway up the side of the pudding dish. This creates a water bath, ensuring our pudding cooks evenly.
  8. Bake this for 45 minutes in your pre-heated oven, or until the creamy custard is lightly set, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Finally, remove the pudding dish from the roasting tin and leave for 5 minutes following this baking time before serving, allowing it to settle and cool slightly.

There you go: the baked rice pudding is ready to be eaten. If you are looking for something a little more delicious to add to your rice pudding, why not pop a little maple syrup on the final dessert for a little extra special something and one of a few different ways to serve it. It’ll add even more to your favourite comforting dessert if you do 😂 You could also try jam, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or warm spices, as well of course.

A treat for every family

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This baked rice pudding recipe is not just a dessert: it’s a great way of introducing textures to a yougn family too. It is so easy, you should get it right the first time you make it from them too. The ingredients are simple, readily available, and can be easily stored in your home. What’s more, the process of making the pudding is so straightforward and fun, it becomes a perfect activity for kids and adults to do together. A great activity for parents to do after work with their kids; if they have the energy left…..

Serving suggestions and more…

This recipe is also pretty flexible as well.

Want to add your family’s favorite fresh fruit or nuts? Go ahead! Grab lots of raisins and throw them in! If you are craving some chocolate? Drizzle some on top! This rice pudding is your canvas, ready for you to paint your culinary masterpiece.

If your kids are fans of Dora the Explorer, remember their Arroz con Leche? Well, of course that’s Rice Pudding. That means you can add a little bit of fun to the serving of this. Why not suggest that is it a taste of home for all those Dora fans out there? You can also check out our Dora the Explorer coloring sheets at the same time. Hopefully that will create a little bit of fun alongside your dinner?

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients, and put you and your kid’s chef’s hat on. Then get ready to whip up a storm with this delightful baked rice pudding recipe using European Rice. Happy cooking!

Here is the recipe card for you as well. Don’t forget to print it out so you can do this again; and share with your friends if you like it as well.

Baked Rice Pudding

Simple, hearty and wholesome baked rice pudding that is run and easy to make with the kids.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons of European rice (medium)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
  • 435 ml or 1¾ cups whole milk
  • 125 ml cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 160°C - the recipe has a bake time of 45 minutes. Brush a 1.5 litre ovenproof dish with the melted butter, distributing it evenly. This step is to prepare the tin for the rice pudding, making sure that it doesn't stick of course.
  2. Next, cook the European rice in a saucepan of boiling water. Let it bubble away for 12 minutes, or until tender, then drain well as you don't want too much liquid for the next stage. The rice grains, now softened and ready, are the perfect canvas for the dessert's flavors.
  3. While the rice is cooling, place the eggs in a large bowl and beat lightly, just enough to break the yolks and mix them with the whites.
  4. Add the milk mixture to include the sugar, milk, cream, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the eggs. Whisk this concoction until it's well combined, creating a sweet and creamy mixture that's going to form our pudding's base.
  5. Now, stir in the cooked rice into this creamy mixture in your large mixing bowl. Watch as the rice grains get enveloped in the custard, hinting at the delightful texture they're going to provide.
  6. Pour this rice mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle it with nutmeg, adding an extra layer of flavor and aroma.
  7. Place the dish in a deep roasting tin, or a heatproof casserole dish. Pour hot water into the tin, ensuring it comes halfway up the side of the pudding dish. This creates a water bath, ensuring our pudding cooks evenly.
  8. Bake this for 45 minutes in your pre-heated oven, or until the creamy custard is lightly set, and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Finally, remove the pudding dish from the roasting tin and leave for 5 minutes following this baking time before serving, allowing it to settle and cool slightly.

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