Make this classic rice pudding, then check out our bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding, steamed sponge pudding and more indulgent desserts.


  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 750ml whole milk
  • 250ml single cream
  • 20g butter, plus extra for the dish
  • 150g pudding or short-grain rice
  • vanilla extract


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Butter a 1.5-litre ovenproof dish. Gently heat the sugar, milk and cream in a pan until just below simmering. Stir in the butter, rice and vanilla, then carefully tip into the baking dish.

  • STEP 2

    Bake for 30 minutes then stir well and bake for another 30 minutes. Take out and stir again then return to the oven for a final 30 minutes without stirring. By this time the rice should be tender and creamy with a golden top. Serve hot with jam, if you like.

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