Rice pudding is one of the first desserts I have ever made. Actually my grandmother made it for me when I was very young and it has been a love affair since. She made it simple with milk, sugar, and rice. While growing up in Paris my dad made it a few times and from that point forward, I have played with the flavors to make it mine.

Comfort food. When you taste a spoonful of this delicious dessert from the pan you will understand why. It goes down so easily. However, you can also serve it chilled and it is a fun pick me up snack between school, activities, and homework.

The pudding can be made lighter by substituting the heavy cream with whole milk or even skim milk.


Rice Pudding With Dates

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rice pudding with dates
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Comfort food. You will understand why when you taste a spoonful of this delicious dessert from the pan. 


  • 3 cups whole milk 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • .33 cup arborio rice 1/3 cup arborio rice
  • .50 vanilla bean 1/2 vanilla bean, split and grains removed
  • 3 large eggs 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • .25 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • .50 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • .50 cup dates 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon dates 1 tablespoon chopped dates


  • In a large 3-quart saucepan, heat the milk and heavy whipping cream, vanilla bean pod and all the internal grain, over medium heat and bring to a small boil. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. 
  • Stir occasionally and leave uncovered. Pick up the bean pod, scrape it over the milk with the back of a knife to remove the last vanilla grains and natural oils from the bean. Discard after all the natural juices are added to the milk.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, cornstarch, salt, and sugar until smooth. Add a ¼ cup of the hot rice milk to the egg mixture bowl slowly stirring. Whisk the rice mixture while you slowly pour in the tempered egg mixture, and then simmer, stirring constantly, until the pudding is slightly thickened. Add ½ cup chopped dates.
  • Serve the pudding warm in small individual bowls topped the chopped dates or serve chilled. To chill it, place waxed paper or plastic wrap directly against the surface of the warm pudding to prevent the formation of the top skin. 


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1110IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Giangi's Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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