Lennie's Ultimate Rice Pudding

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is the best rice pudding I have ever made, or ever eaten.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place water and rice in a large, heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat slightly, then allow to boil until almost all the water is gone (approximately 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in 4-1/2 cups of the milk and reduce heat to med-low.
  4. Yes, it looks like a lot of liquid.
  5. Don't worry.
  6. (Note: don't use skim milk; it's not rich enough to make a nice pudding.) Into the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, whisk in the sugar and cornstarch.
  7. Whisk this mixture into the rice, then add the raisins (substitute currents if you prefer).
  8. Stir.
  9. Grate nutmeg over the top of the mixture, lightly dusting the entire top.
  10. Raise the heat to med-high and, stirring almost constantly, bring to a slow boil.
  11. Reduce heat to low and put lid on pot.
  12. Simmer (very gently) for anywhere from one hour to 1-1/2 hours-- until the pudding has thickened.
  13. Stir pot occasionally, making sure the pudding does not stick to the bottom of your pot.
  14. When pudding is thick, spoon some out into a custard cup which contains the egg yolk.
  15. Do this about a teaspoon at a time, to slowly warm the yolk.
  16. Any faster, or in any greater quantity, will cause the yolk to curdle.
  17. When yolk is beaten and warmed, stir into pudding.
  18. Cook for two more minutes; remove from heat.
  19. Stir in vanilla (pure extract only please, not artificial), then pour pudding into an attractive serving dish.
  20. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and let cool to room temperature.
  21. Do not add cinnamon while cooking or the pudding will have an unpleasant gray/brown colour.
  22. Refrigerate if not serving right away.
  23. Canadian comfort food!
Most Helpful

This takes quite a bit of work but the taste is worth it. I probably though will skip the nutmeg the next time since I am not a big fan of it's flavor.

Mysterygirl November 09, 2001

Sharlene, I have made this recipe hundreds of times and it is always thick after about 1 hour. Are you sure you used short-grain rice (like arborio)? That is absolutely essential to the recipe; short grain rice and long grain rice are very different.

Lennie January 22, 2002

After 3 hours of simmering (with the lid on) our rice was still runny. Are you sure 1 teaspoon cornstarch. I tried adding 2 more teaspoons and it was still runny. Salvaged it by tempering 3 more whole eggs and mixing them in. Flavor was good though and nice and creamy with more eggs. UPDATE: After consulting with Lennie, I tried this recipe again using the right rice and did have better results. Thanks for the education Lennie!

Sharlene~W January 24, 2002