Cheat's Rice Pudding Recipe

I often find I make my best dishes when there is apparently nothing in the cupboard. This 'made in a hurry' rice pudding is one of my recent bests. I will definitely be making it again.

I did have proper pudding rice, and all the ingredients to make a proper bake in the oven rice pudding, but I didn't have 3 hours to spare. Instead I did all in a pan in less than 30 mins, and it tasted delicious.

Photograph of rice pudding with raisins in a bowl
Cheat's Rice Pudding


3/4 cup pudding rice
boiling water
1 cup milk
1 tsp butter
3/4 cup currants or raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
generous splash of maple syrup


Boil the kettle while measuring the rice
Pour boiling water onto the rice and cook for about 15 mins (until just cooked)
Drain all the water from the rice and return it to the pan
Add the milk and bring back to the boil then turn down the heat to a simmer
Add butter fruit and spices and maple syrup, mix well and heat through.
Serve when all liquid has absorbed (for me this was pretty much straight away!)

small child eating rice pudding from a plastic bowl - using fingers!

Quantities are approximate, and this served us for 2 meals with a little bit left, so I am guessing it would serve 4.

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  1. It looks like your little one definitely enjoyed your yummy rice pudding! I like your shortcut method, as well as the spices and your use of maple syrup :)

  2. Thanks April, it wasn't as creamy as a bake in the oven one, so in a way its a different dish really - but very yummy all the same. My son is good eater too!

  3. My mom used to make rice pudding like this when I was a kid, it was always so yummy. Your rice pudding looks amazing.

    Maycee (