Oh, my Milchreis! A delicious rice pudding with all the German flavor

Rice is unquestionably the preferred staple food in most houses. A real proof would be to check how many packages of rice you have in your pantry at this moment. 1, 2, 3 or even more?

If you are a rice lover you surely know all the benefits of this humble grain. This versatile ingredient allows you to make a vast range of dishes, from salty, and sugary, to desserts, and drinks. You can eat any rice meal at any time of the day: powerful breakfasts, copious lunches, and light dinners.

Furthermore, it is very easy to prepare and has a mild flavor ideal for combining with endless ingredients. So, as a true rice fan, you have already cooked it in various ways, and you are continuously looking for new recipes to try and delight your family.

Trying different rice dishes

Generally, all rice lovers start by cooking the most popular dishes and adding personal flavors to make them their own. Paella, risotto, fried rice, and one-pot pilaf are some of the rice-based meals people usually try at home. After they have mastered all of them, the search for a new recipe begins.

The next step could be cooking rice desserts like cakes or puddings. With rice puddings, you can spend days or months trying all the different recipes that exist worldwide. Do not settle just for the most popular, make it a challenge and look for those delicious dishes in various countries.

Learning different rice pudding recipes

A basic rice pudding consists of rice, milk, sugar, and flavorings like cinnamon, vanilla, or lemon. Depending on the country, this simple recipe can turn into a new and tasty experience, just by adding local ingredients and using different cooking techniques.

Let’s see some of the less known rice puddings recipes:

  • Kheer from India: Very tasty rice pudding made of basmati rice, coconut milk, raisins, flavored with cardamom, saffron, rose water, and topped with toasted almonds, cashews, and pistachios.
  • Newfie Rice Pudding from Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada: White rice cooked in evaporated milk, raisins, and brown sugar, flavored with custard powder, vanilla, and nutmeg. It is commonly served with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Rizogalo from Greece: A pudding with Arborio rice, butter, eggs, milk, and sugar, seasoned with vanilla and lemon or orange zest, and topped with ground cinnamon.
  • Milchreis from Germany: Short-grain rice prepared with whole milk, sugar, flavored with vanilla, grated lemon peel, and brown butter. It is served with applesauce, fresh berries, or any fruit compote like Rote Grütze.

Great! Let’s go for that Milchreis

These are only a tiny sample of all rice puddings in the world. Try some of them, and enjoy cooking and eating this delightful rice dessert.

A good start would be the easiest one with the more common ingredients and flavors. Milchreis could be the best choice.

Milchreis is the German word for rice pudding. It comprises all German flavors in one dish, very simple, comforting, and delicious. It is eaten as a breakfast or dessert with seasonal fruits or compotes.

Once you master the Milchreis recipe, you could try other pudding recipes from around the world, like this white rice recipe by Carolina® rice. For now, enjoy cooking the below recipe and show all your rice love in a perfect dish.


Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • 1 cup of short-grain rice.
  • 4 cups of milk.
  • ¼ cups of sugar.
  • Pinch of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste.
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel.

For brown sugar:

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon of butter.

For the topping:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Fruit compote of seasonal fruits.


  1. In a saucepan, add butter and cook at medium heat until melted.
  2. Incorporate rice and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk, sugar, vanilla, lemon peel, and stir very well.
  4. Cook until boiling, and then reduce heat to low. Stir constantly.
  5. Simmer until rice is tender.
  6. Prepare the brown butter by combining in another saucepan cinnamon, sugar, and butter. Cook until butter is melted and all the ingredients are well combined.
  7. Serve hot, topped with the brown butter, seasonal fruits of fruit compote.

Another advantage of rice pudding is that you can make a simple variation by adding different toppings.

For example, once you tried this recipe in its original version, you may include other ingredients: top it with chocolate chips, dried apples, nuts, or pecans.

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