An old fashioned rice pudding recipe you can enjoy if you’ve got 5 minutes to prep, you won’t believe how easy this is to make! Then just relax, or get on with your day and let the slow cooker do the rest!
This easy family recipe only takes 5 minutes to put together, and 3 hr and 45 minutes to bake in your slow cooker. Your gang will definitely ask for seconds, so make sure you double the recipe!
originally published on March 9, 2018 and republished January 20, 2021.
The smell of the cinnamon, vanilla and creamy pudding while it’s baking are out of this world, just sayin…
I think slow cooker anything is the perfect way to cook on the weekends. Kind of a fix it and forget about it, if you know what I mean! And I do use my slow cooker a lot – as you know from some of my recipes!
Now I don’t know about you, but rice pudding has not been on the top of my cravings list for many years.
In fact, my mom used to love the stuff, but we always had it cold, and it was kinda sticky and yucky. And she put nutmeg on her baked rice pudding! Shudder. Oh well, to each their own right?
And rice pudding was always one of the ‘dessert choices’ at the local diner. And it was kept under a glass case, looking like it had been there for quite a while, if you know what I mean. I wonder if their old fashioned rice pudding was made with minute rice? 🙂
So when my sweetie asked me to make him some rice pudding the other day, I kinda went Huh? He wanted an old fashioned rice pudding with raisins.
But of course I should have know that he had found an amazing recipe for me to try, and even better it was a homemade slow cooker rice pudding recipe! Enough said!
But this old fashioned slow cooker rice pudding recipe is adapted from one of our new food magazines here in Toronto. I just love finding these recipe treasures.
There are lots of old fashioned rice pudding recipes out there. Baked rice pudding recipe, Crock pot rice pudding recipe and all of them have that secret ingredient. What’s that you say? Homemade. Homemade anything is best and this homemade rice pudding recipe is the BEST.
How to make slow cooker rice pudding:
So with all of the ingredients in hand, I set out to put together this awesome old fashioned rice pudding with raisins recipe.
Now this recipe uses whole milk. You can swap that out for cream, half and half (half milk half cream) some recipes use coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk too. But we’re not getting fancy today. Just plain old fashioned rice pudding. OK?
INGREDIENTS FOR SLOW COOKER RICE PUDDING
- ½ cup (125 ml) Arborio rice
- ½ cup (125 ml) sugar
- 4 cups Cream or whole milk (3%)
- 3 large Egg yolks (Tip: freeze the whites for later!)
- 1 tsp (5 mL) Vanilla
- ¼ twp (1 mL) Cinnamon
- ½ cup (125 ml) Raisins or dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries (your choice!)
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR OLD FASHIONED RICE PUDDING
Pour the rice, milk and sugar into your slow cooker (spray with cooking spray) and cover and cook for 3.5 to 4 hours. Each hour give the rice a stir and cook until the rice is a bit mushy.
When that’s done, whisk the eggs together with a ½ cup of the hot rice mixture. This is called tempering the eggs.
When cooking with eggs and a hot mixture like we are doing here for our rice pudding, it’s important to introduce the eggs quickly to a small amount of hot liquid.
Once mixed you then reintroduce the egg mixture slowly into the pudding. Just a bit at a time – please don’t be in a hurry.
Just adding the eggs without this extra step will definitely result in a scrambled egg mess instead of a cream pudding.
This is the same principle used when you make a pudding type of filling for pies, like lemon meringue pie or chocolate cream pie!
Check out our video to see this step.
Then slowly mix this back into the slow cooker rice mixture. You need to be careful here, since we don’t want scrambled eggs in our old fashioned rice pudding!
Then you can add the raisins (or if you choose dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries!), vanilla, cinnamon.
Cook for another 15 minutes.
And that’s it! We love this warm, but it’s just as good cold, as it retains an overall creaminess both ways. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. 🙂
I also made a short video that I thought you might enjoy showing the process of how to make your own old fashioned rice pudding step by step. But it’s so easy to do, you get one of your kids to make it for family supper!