A baked rice pudding is the ultimate nostalgic comfort food. Rich and creamy with a golden top, it's simple cooking at its best. The basic recipe is incredibly easy to make – just mix and bake, then enjoy on its own or add your own toppings and flavour twists.
- Preheat the oven to gas 3, 160°C, fan 140°C. Grease a 1.5ltr shallow ovenproof dish with the butter, ensuring it is fully coated across the base and up the sides.
- Add the pudding rice, caster sugar and nutmeg to dish and lightly mix. Pour over the milk, then stir well to combine.
- Bake for 2 hrs, checking after 1 hr 45 mins, or until the rice is tender and the top is golden and just set. Serve hot.
Tip: For some simple serving suggestions, try stirring through a spoonful of jam or fruit compote, topping with grated chocolate, chopped nuts, sliced banana or poached plums. Or drizzle over golden or maple syrup. You can also vary the flavours in the pudding by swapping the nutmeg for a little ground cinnamon, vanilla extract or grated orange zest.
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