World's Best Rice Pudding

Total Time:
2 hr 50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr 30 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup medium or short grain white rice
  • 4 cups milk
  • Pinch salt
  • Scant 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Variations: 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1/2 cup dark brown sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons butter
Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat butter in a 4 quart saucepan. When frothy add rice and cook for a minute. Slowly add milk, pinch salt, sugar, vanilla, cranberries and bring to under a boil. Transfer to a 9 inch square baking pan and set in oven. Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours stirring every 15 minutes. Then bake undisturbed for 30 minutes. Then stir in cranberries, stir and bake for another half hour (for a total of 2 1/2 hours).

Variations: you can to add heavy cream in the last half hour of baking. Or if you want a crusty topping, reduce sugar to 1/4 cup. Once out of oven, crumble brown sugar and butter over rice pudding and run the pudding under the broiler until melted and bubbly.


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