This wonderful homemade rice pudding is so easy to make! Combine cooked rice with a few pantry staples to make this delightful pudding. It’s a wonderful, rich and creamy, single serving dessert.
There’s something purely comforting about rice pudding. My mother made it often when I was a kid. She used to tell me that it was a wonderful way to use up leftover rice.
One of the things I love about this rice pudding recipe is that you can use just about any kind of cooked rice; white, brown, long-grain or short-grain. The same is true for the milk you use. Using whole milk will give you a richer rice pudding but you can also use lower fat milks such as 2%, skim, coconut milk or almond milk.
Ingredients In Rice Pudding
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- vanilla extract
- cooked rice
- whipped cream (optional)
- butter or oil spray, for greasing baking dish
How To Make Rice Pudding
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, salt, spices, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the cooked rice and pour into a lightly buttered 5-inch baking dish.
- Boil a kettle of water to make a water bath. Place baking dish with rice pudding into a larger 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the rice pudding dish. Place in a 325 degree F (165 degree C) preheated oven and bake for 55 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
- Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Pro Tip: I use a 5-inch baking dish which holds 1.5 cups of liquid (approx. 350 ml). For best results, use a dish of similar size. See our FAQ page for more information on the baking dishes we recommend.
What Is A Water Bath?
A water bath, or a bain-marie, is a dish of water used to bake recipes requiring gentle, even heat. It insulates the dish so that it doesn’t overcook. All you need is a roasting pan large enough to accommodate the custard dish. The walls of the pan should not touch.
Rice Pudding Variations
Rice pudding is pure comfort food. It’s sweet and creamy and absolutely delicious. You might like to consider any of these rice pudding add-ins:
- Add raisins to your rice pudding. I’d recommend using about 1/4 cup or less since this is a single serving rice pudding recipe. I don’t soak the raisins ahead of time to soften them because there’s plenty of liquid in the rice pudding already and it takes almost an hour to bake. The raisins soften perfectly this way.
- Use half and half instead of milk for a creamier rice pudding.
- Sprinkle the top of the rice pudding with a teaspoon of brown sugar as soon as you take it out of the oven.
- Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Try a chocolate rice pudding recipe – it’s heavenly!
Other Single Serving Rice Recipes
For this single serving rice pudding recipe, I use a 5-inch Le Creuset Baking Dish. For best results use a dish of similar size.
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Rice Pudding Recipe
- 1/4 tablespoon butter , for greasing baking dish
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup cooked rice
- whipped cream (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5-inch baking dish.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, salt, spices, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the rice and pour into baking dish.
- Boil a kettle of water to make a water bath. Place baking dish with rice pudding into a larger 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the rice pudding dish.
- Place in the oven and bake for 55 minutes or until lightly browned and set.
- Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.
What Is A Water Bath?A water bath, or a bain-marie, is a dish of water used to bake recipes requiring gentle, even heat. It insulates the dish so that it doesn’t overcook. All you need is a roasting pan large enough to accommodate the custard dish. The walls of the pan should not touch.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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