Vanilla Infused Rice Pudding


My little indulgence since I've been in college is rice pudding. I would buy the big containers at the store, and then when I needed something sweet I would just enjoy a spoonful topped with cinnamon. I don't really know where it came from, my mother never had it at the house, must be my japanese genes craving rice? Just kidding, anyways... this recipe is perfection!
You have GOT to try it, it's so simple & most likely you have all the ingredients just sitting in your kitchen... WAITING.

So most of you know landon went on his mission for our church to Madagascar. and Madagascar is known for their vanilla, and this is what landon brought home with him! 4.5 pounds of vanilla!!!
He's kept them from drying out and it's always a nice stress reliever to know we will never run out of vanilla... uh so maybe i'm exaggerating, i actually NEED more recipes that call for it. So that we can soon be sweating out beads of vanilla from eating it in every meal. We remember seeing 1 vanilla bean being sold for $8, yikes, thank you Madagascar!

Okay enough about the vanilla, here's the recipe to this tasty treat. I got it from Kiss My Spatula and the only thing I did different was add in a cinnamon stick while it was boiling to infuse it with a hint of cinnamon. Oh and the vanilla infused steam was heaven to my nose. Perfection.

Rice Pudding

1/2 c. short-grain white rice*
2 1/2 c. whole milk
1 1/4 c. heavy cream or half & half
2 vanilla beans
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 c. sugar

1. Place rice in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and drain into a strainer.
2. Return rice to pan. Add the milk and cream. Split vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds with a knife. Add the pods and seeds to the saucepan. Add in the cinnamon stick bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to low heat, and simmer for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
3. Stir in sugar and simmer for 10 more minutes. Pour the rice pudding into a small bowl, discarding the vanilla beans & cinnamon stick. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve the pudding at room temp.

*i used Arborio rice


Francesca said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

Aaron & Ashley said...

This looks wonderful, i can't wait to try it! And as always, great photos, they make it come to life!! Thanks for sharing:)

kylie said...

oh my gosh seriously? just come cook at my house every day already.

Brooke T said...

YUM! some people hate rice pudding, but if you make it like that it looks delicious! My ex is from Colombia and so I was always eating that stuff! ha

Andrea said...

Oh yummy!!! Love your new header too!

Autumn @ Autumn All Along said...

Wow, that just looks simply delicious!

melissa said...

These photos are so elegant! Mmmmm, rice pudding! xoxo

kylee said...

these amazing pictures actually made me forget how much i dislike rice pudding. thats just how good it looked. your photos are always amazing by the way.

angela hardison said...

WOW! your blog is beautiful. i love your photos, and all this food... mmmm. i have been really enjoying cinnamon lately.

gunnells said...

K u have to bring down some vanilla and make me some when u come home...looks delicious! I dont think i have ever tried rice pudding!

♥ CheChe said...

AvantiCafe, one of my favorite restaurants, makes amazing coconut rice pudding. If I knew how simple it was I definitely wouldn't pay the price I pay to satisfy the craving! lol Goodness.

How cheap were the beans in MADAGASCAR in comparison to the 8dollar beans??? I can't wait to go to AFRICA. I hear the fruit is so much better there!! mmmm


shopgirl said...

I like pudding....however, your photos make me love it!

Cheers sweetie!

Collections said...

I love rice pudding and this looks incredible.

Emily Mae said...

I made some of the pudding Brittany and it is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

Randi Gardner said...

I'm so jealous of all that vanilla! It's funny becuase I just made vanilla bean cheesecake for the first time and went nuts over vanilla beans... and yes it was 8 dollars for two beans. *envious*

Taff said...

your blog is soooo cute.

This looks delicious

Lisa said...

I just love all your pictures. You really know how to make it all look absolutely delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your rice puding up.

siniann said...

mmm looks so delicious! I love the light in these photos. Rice pudding is a christmas morning food for me, but now i'm craving it so badly! And I can't eat rice,hehe.

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