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Slow-cooker star anise rice pudding recipe

Slow-cooker star anise rice pudding recipe

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For a classic autumn dessert, a rich and comforting rice pudding is a winner every time. This creamy, slow-cooked rice pudding recipe is infused with aromatic star anise, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg for a gently spiced flavour, and topped with dark chocolate shavings to make it that bit extra special. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 2 ½ hrs to cook, plus infusing time
  • 312 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 1.2ltr milk
  • 2 whole star anise
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 125g pudding rice, rinsed
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 20g butter
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg, plus extra to serve
  • dark chocolate curls, cut from a 10g piece with a vegetable peeler, to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 14%
  • Saturates

    6g 30%
  • Sugars

    21g 23%
  • Salt

    0.3g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 47.6g Protein 12.5g Fibre 0.7g


  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and add the star anise and cinnamon. Split the vanilla pod, scrape the seeds into the pan, then add the pod too. Heat until just beginning to simmer, then remove from the heat. Set aside to infuse for 15 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove the vanilla pod.
  2. Put the infused milk and star anise in a slow cooker along with the pudding rice, sugar, butter and nutmeg. Stir well. Cook on high for 2-2½ hrs, stirring every hour, until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and has a creamy texture.
  3. Remove the star anise and serve with an extra grating of nutmeg, if you like. Top with the dark chocolate curls.

Tip: No slow cooker? In step 2, simmer the ingredients, apart from the sugar, in a pan for 35 mins, then stir through the sugar and continue with step 3.

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