Baked rice pudding is a classic dessert that has stood the test of time. Its creamy, sweet, and comforting qualities have made it a cherished treat for generations. Let’s explore Dainty’s traditional baked rice pudding recipe, which embodies the essence of nostalgia and warmth.

Where does it originate from?

The origins of baked rice pudding can be traced back to various cultures around the world. It’s been a well-loved dessert, mostly popular in European, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines for centuries. Each culture has its own twist on this delightful dish, but they all share a common love for the combination of rice, milk, and sugar.

Can I use different types of rice for baked rice pudding?

When it comes to choosing the right type of rice for your baked rice pudding, you have some flexibility with Dainty’s wide-range of products. While the traditional recipe typically calls for white medium or long grain rice, you can experiment with other varieties like Arborio, jasmine, or even brown rice for a unique twist on the classic.

Total time for making the recipe

The total time required for making a delicious oven-baked rice pudding varies depending on the recipe and your cooking methods. On average, it takes around 60–70 minutes from start to finish. This makes it a great dessert option when you want something special but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Level of difficulty

The baked rice pudding recipe is relatively easy to follow, making it suitable for both novice and experienced cooks. Its simplicity is one of the reasons why it has remained a popular dessert throughout the years.

Baked rice pudding recipe

Baked rice pudding recipe



  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 4 cups of milk or coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 cups of brown sugar or white sugar (to your liking)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 eggs (optional for a custard-like texture)



Prepare your baking dish: Start by preheating your oven to 325 °F (ca. 163 °C). Grease a baking dish, preferably a deep one, to prevent sticking


Combine the essential ingredients: Heat the milk over medium-low heat. Stir in the cooked rice, brown sugar, vanilla extract, a cup of raisins (if using), and a pinch of ground nutmeg


Cook and thicken: Allow the rice mixture to simmer gently for about 15–20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will help the rice absorb the sweet, creamy goodness of the milk. If you desire a custard-like texture, whisk in two eggs during this step. But, be careful not to let it boil or the eggs will curdle


Transfer to the baking dish: Pour the rice mixture into your prepared baking dish, ensuring it's evenly spread


Bake to perfection: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30–40 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown and a slight crust forms


Cool and serve: Remove the baked rice pudding from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. You can enjoy it warm or at room temperature. If you prefer it chilled, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it in an airtight container

Tips for perfecting your baked rice pudding

Whether you follow the traditional recipe or experiment with variations, these tips will help you achieve a perfect classic rice pudding every time. Perfecting your baked rice pudding involves attention to detail and a few expert tips. While traditional baked rice pudding recipes use white rice, experimenting with other varieties like short-grain, Arborio, jasmine, even a mix with wild rice can yield unique textures and flavours.

How do I prevent the rice from becoming too mushy in the baking process?

Achieving the perfect texture in a baked rice pudding recipe can be a balancing act. To avoid mushiness, make sure to:

  • Use cooked rice that is slightly firm, as it will continue to soften during baking
  • Avoid overcooking the rice in the milk on the stovetop
  • Bake at a moderate temperature, around 325 °F (ca. 163 °C), to allow the rice to cook evenly without turning to mush

What type of toppings or garnishes work well with this dessert?

Oven rice pudding is wonderfully versatile when it comes to toppings and garnishes. Explore these popular options for your dessert:

  • A teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for extra warmth and flavour
  • Fresh berries or fruit compote for a refreshing contrast
  • Whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce, or maple syrup, for an extra touch of sweetness
  • Chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts for a delicious crunch

Whether you follow the traditional rice pudding recipe or put your own spin on it, the result is sure to be a comforting dessert that evokes memories of home-cooked goodness. So, next time you’re craving a dessert that’s both nostalgic and delicious, give this classic baked rice pudding a try. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for recipe ideas, check out our rice-based recipes for your next meals or desserts!