Danish Christmas Rice Pudding

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by Smilyn

My mom and grandma use to make this every Christmas or special holiday, but it had to be extra special. This is a great dessert that keeps those great memories close by. This is an old recipe so keep in mind that not everything is exact. Use your own discretion when baking. 1/2 cup of packed rasins can be added to this dish, but I prefer it plain and served warm with whipped cream.

Top Review by kimmy 2

I was taught a different recipe. 1 Qt milk 3 TBL spoons sugar 1 Cup long grain rice Cook slowly till done and cool quickly. Add 1/3 cup sherry 3 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup ground almonds Mix thouroughly. Whip 3/4 cup whipping cream and fold it in. Serve with sour pitted cherries and their juice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Put milk, eggs, rice, sugar and salt into baking dish (nice glass cooking bowl or dish) and place in a hot water bath.
  3. At the top of custard, add a few dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Add vanilla bean (if using) and cinnamon stick.
  4. Cover and cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick after one hour of cooking. Pudding is done when rice is soft and custard is set (a slight jiggle).
  5. Remove lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking to give a light golden color.
  6. Put an almond in the rice pudding just before serving: According to the old Danish legend, whoever finds the almond at Christmas will have series of lucky adventures.
  7. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.

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