Swedish Rice Pudding

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Author Notes: This is a traditional Swedish-farmstead recipe that works great as a warm, creamy alternative to pie. - Xcskier20Xcskier20

Food52 Review: This dish should not be saved for a special occasion. The simple preparation and flavorful warmth make it more suitable as an everyday comfort food. The freshly ground cardamom is the undertone that the cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla all play on. The liaison at the end gives it a golden (love the color of farm fresh egg yolks) creamy finish. My only warning: be aware of the absorption power of the chosen rice as my jasmine took on a bit more milk than Xcskier20 suggested in her recipe to get it past its grainy bite. - cheese1227The Editors

Serves 10

  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups basmati, or other fragrant rice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon high quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Add whole milk, sugar, rice to a large pot and cook over medium heat for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Open caramom pods and crush with mortar and pestle.
  3. Combine eggs, cream, vanilla, salt, and spices in a small bowl.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the pot on the stove and cook for 10 more minutes.
  5. Enjoy! To follow tradition, add a penny to the cooled pudding. Whoever gets the penny gets good luck for the next year- if he or she doesn't choke on it.

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almost 5 years ago cheese1227

I am testing this recipe and need to know if I am crushing the pods and the seeds or just the latter?


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Love cardamom in pudding, too!


almost 5 years ago theyearinfood

I adore cardamom in rice pudding.


almost 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Very comforting! Love this.


almost 5 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

My daughter gives this recipe the thumbs up.


almost 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Mmmmm, beautiful! Love this. ;o)