I learned how to make rice pudding from my Albanian grandmother, I wrote a post about it a few years ago, this time I made it in the slow cooker! I had to make it in the slow cooker three times till I got it perfect! The first time it thickened up too much, too much rice not enough milk, the second time it did not thicken enough, too little rice and too much milk, I had to add some rice flour to thicken it up near the end, the third times the charm, turned out perfect!
I usually make rice pudding when my milk is near the due date or on the date, its a great way to use all that milk up before it gets bad!
I really love making rice pudding in the slow cooker, in fact I don’t think I will make it in a pot again! When you make it with a pot you have to babysit it, worry about it burning on the bottom, stirring it constantly so it doesn’t stick or burn….no worries with the slow cooker, just set it and you only have to stir it one time! The texture is creamy, and the rice is so soft, my kids love it!
What you will need:
- 3/4 cup jasmine rice
- 7 and 1/2 cups 2% milk
- 1 cup sugar
Rinse rice. With a paper towel brush a little oil in the slow cooker bowl (to prevent sticking), you can use an oil mister if you have one. Add in the milk and rice to the slow cooker, you can cook it on low or high, I cook it on the II dial and it takes around 5 hours to finish cooking. The three times that I made it I started at 7:30 am and it was done by 12-1 pm.
At the third hour of cooking remove lid and stir with wooden spoon, as rice will be on the bottom, cover immediately. You can tell by that time how much longer it will need to cook.
Near the end of cooking add in the sugar, 1 cup is enough for us, you may want to add more or less.
Serve with ground walnuts, cinnamon ,raisins, pomegranates, what ever you prefer. I actually like my rice pudding plain, so does my youngest daughter, but my husband and son love fruit and nuts with cinnamon on top!
Best served the same day, warm or cold, it still good the next day, but its best the first day in my opinion, some people prefer rice pudding the next day as they like it really cold, whereas I love it warm!