Ironically, my mom has not one rice pudding dish in her expansive archives. However, I do have so many fond memories of eating rice pudding as a child. And, it wasn’t from anything homemade. We didn’t go out to eat much as a family but when we did we’d often go to Maria’s, a local Italian restaurant in Baltimore. Aside from featuring amazing Italian dishes, I was always ordered their homemade rice pudding for dessert. It was the best treat, boasting a perfect creamy rice blend, served warm with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon on top. I loved it.
I was ready create my own homemade rice pudding memories for my kids, in my own kitchen with Mom’s Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding.
For something that tastes so decadent and creamy, it’s hard to believe how easy Rice Pudding is to make. Using staple ingredients that can be found in any stocked pantry and refrigerator, you don’t need any culinary skills to whip up the best batch of pudding. Honestly, this recipe only requires stirring the rice on the stove top with boiled milk and eggs and sugar!
In just 45 minutes you can create the best, most deliciously creamy rice pudding. Served warm or cold, either way, you’ll have a winner.
Mom’s Old Fashioned Rice Pudding
- 1-1/2 quarts milk (6 cups)
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- In a medium saucepan, combine rice, milk and sugar and bring to a light boil, stirring often (I added a pinch of salt).
- Simmer for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
- Beat 2 eggs with an additional 1/2 cup milk and stir into mixture. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Add vanilla.
- Cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Notes: I added in a 2/3 cup of golden raisins to the pudding mixture 2 minutes before it was removed from the stove top. I also used generous portions of cinnamon. My kids were divided, one preferred the pudding cold and the other enjoyed it heated.