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Mom’s Old Fashioned Rice Pudding



  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • Ground nutmeg, for garnish


  1. Prepare the Rice:
    • Rinse the rice thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water. Drain.
  2. Combine Rice and Milk:
    • In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the rinsed rice and 2 cups of milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  3. Simmer:
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and most of the milk is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Add Sugar and Salt:
    • Stir in the granulated sugar and salt. Continue to cook, uncovered, over low heat, for about 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
  5. Beat the Eggs:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add a small amount of the hot rice mixture to the beaten eggs while whisking continuously. This helps to temper the eggs.
  6. Combine the Egg Mixture:
    • Gradually add the egg mixture back into the rice mixture, whisking constantly.
  7. Stir in Vanilla and Raisins:
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of milk, vanilla extract, and raisins (if using). Mix well.
  8. Serve Warm or Cold:
    • Serve the rice pudding warm, or refrigerate until cold. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  9. Garnish:
    • Before serving, sprinkle the top of the rice pudding with ground cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.
  10. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy your comforting, homemade old-fashioned rice pudding. It’s delicious served as a warm dessert or chilled for a refreshing treat.
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This creamy, sweet rice pudding will bring back fond memories of your mom’s or grandma’s kitchen. It’s perfect for any time you want a comforting dessert.