Would you believe I had never made rice pudding. Okay, that’s not COMPLETELY true.
I have to confess I did make try to make some rice pudding in November, 2008, for TWD but it was such a dismal failure I don’t even count it!!
My Dad used to love it. He’s from the North and according to him it is a Northern Dish. I suppose it is the equivalent of our bread pudding here in the Deep South. So, I quess since I am a Southern Gal I just had never thought of making it. Until I came across Ellie’s recipe for Pumpkin Rice Pudding. THEN I knew I had to try (again).

Not knowing how much one recipe would make I made the whole recipe and it made TONS of rice pudding. Good thing we liked it.


    2 cups water
    1 cup arborio rice
    3 cups reduced-fat (2%) milk
    1 cup solid-pack pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
    3/4 cup honey
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Bring the water to a boil in an ovenproof 4-quart saucepan. Stir in the rice and cover. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rice is nearly cooked, about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.

While the rice is still hot, add the pumpkin mixture to the saucepan and stir well to combine. Cover and transfer to the oven. Bake until the liquid has reduced by about a third and the mixture is foamy and bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Transfer to a large bowl, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. The pudding will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon {and I added nutmeg}.

I want to make this again, but next time I will add some extra spices. Just to ramp up the flavor!!

While we don’t all make the same dish every week with CEinMB we do all post on Friday with our own choice. so visit the other members and see what Ellie recipe they are enjoying this week.