The best thing I cooked this week

Forget school dinner disasters, rice pudding is back on the menu

by Natalie Hammond

In terms of Great British comfort food, nothing beats the humble rice pudding. We haven’t always seen eye to eye, me and rice pudding. Some of my first memories of primary school are slowly pushing the remaining pearls of rice around my very small bowl. I hated its sloppy consistency and couldn’t stomach the obligatory puddle of sticky strawberry jam.


I can’t recall what changed my mind but now, decades later, I can’t get enough of the stuff.  So seeing as our skies are becoming increasingly steely, rice pudding seemed the ideal treat to combat a wintery Wednesday. You’ll find most rice pudding recipes take a couple of hours to cook but don’t be discouraged, the oven does most of the work for you and this classic vanilla recipe’s easy as pie.


I was worried the nutmeg would get lost in the pillows of pudding rice, but just a few grates (as well as a whole vanilla pod) are enough to subtly spice the whole dish. Mine did have a tendency to dry out quite quickly so make sure you’re on hand to feed it with glugs of milk and cream. The end result wasn’t anything like the slop you get at school. Instead, each mouthful was rich with Christmassy spice and double cream. If you’re making this pudding for a yuletide gathering, try adding a cinnamon stick (or a liberal pinch of the powdered spice) as well as the nutmeg and vanilla.





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