One of the ultimate comfort foods in our house—the creamy, cinnamon-ey, milk-rich dessert just makes us feel better no matter what is going on.
Keyword: old fashioned rice pudding recipe, stovetop rice pudding
Author: Katie Workman
4 1/2cups2% or whole milk
¼teaspoonkosher or coarse salt
¾cupmedium or long grain rice
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 orangeoptional
⅓cuppacked brown sugarsee Cooking Tip
½teaspoonground cinnamonplus additional for sprinkling, if desired
1cupraisins or dried cranberriesoptional
In a medium-sized saucepan bring the milk, butter, salt, and orange zest, if using, to a simmer over medium heat. Add the rice and bring to a simmer, then cover, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Uncover, stir in the vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins or dried cranberries, if using, and simmer, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for another 20 minutes or so until most of the liquid is absorbed, and the rice is creamy.
Let cool slightly and serve warm in bowls, with a final sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Or you can transfer to a larger bowl or individual ramekins, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and serve chilled.