Well I have to say I love my grandma's recipe for rice pudding and I have made it a ton of times and it always comes out perfect!
Grandma's Rice Pudding Recipe is hard to beat in flavor and so easy to make!
It's truly the BEST RICE PUDDING I have ever eaten!
I know that everyone has a favorite their grandmother, mom and even other family member makes that keep their memory alive, this is the one for me.
When I make this, I think of good old fashioned homemade wholesome ingredients and comfort food from grandma's house.
Made with all fresh ingredients, usually staples in most households back then. She'd whip up a batch of this in no time.
Adding dried fruits brings it to another level of deliciousness!
Grandma sometimes like to put dates of figs in hers.
Most of us weren't big fans of either of them.
Back then so she would split it in half and add make some raisins to one bowl of rice pudding and in the other bowl the kind she loved with figs and dates
Addicting to say the least!Let me just say it's quite addicting. Creamy, full of flavor and I started eating it hot.
Either way it's over the top but don't just take my word for it, if you are rice pudding lover this is a must try.
When I was growing up and grandma made this I didn't know it wasn't for dinner.
Because it had rice in it I though it was our supper! I was quite happy anytime she prepared this for me and couldn't get enough of it.
Even if we didn't have anything else for dinner, this would have been just fine for me all by itself.
I loved watching her stir the pot over the old fashioned gas stove. I can still see her lighting the pilot light to get it to come one. What a beautiful stove it was.
The oven had a small side oven and a large oven in front. The the top had 5 burners. Gas was the way to go in those days back in 1960.
Although I have a smooth top electric stove now, I would love to have a gas stove again some day.
I really felt its a more natural way to cook and I really like the results from a gas stove over electric.
Slowly simmer this and stir occasionally.
No need to watch the pot. I also use a wooden spoon. I always have. Love using wood over plastic or metal.
Grandma's Italian Style Rice Pudding Pin for later
Arborio rice is the only kind of rice I have been accustomed to in making this rice and that's what grandma used.
The best rice to use is arborio rice.
I am sure you can use regular long grain, but I have never tried that. I want to always make it as close to her taste as possible. I pretty much have recreated the taste exactly to hers that I can remember.
One other thing, if the kids hate raisins, don't add them, grandma use to chop up maraschino cherries for just the top when I was a kid and I loved it that way.
I just garnish the top for a festive look during the Holiday and also some green candied cherries too!
A great change in flavors also!
Hope you love this one as much as we do. It's worth every cooking minute!