Finnish Rice pudding is a traditional Scandinavian holiday dish that is commonly served during Christmas and the winter solstice. Made with simple ingredients, rice pudding is something great to whip up on a cold autumn or winter day when you are cooped up inside. This creamy rice dish is the ultimate comfort food, great to enjoy at home with your friends and family, or in front of the fireplace as a dessert! Finnish Rice Pudding is also served in Finland year round as a breakfast dish, and is commonly made in large quantities and then stored for the week in the refrigerator, to be reheated later.
The Finns have a tradition of placing one single almond in an entire pot of rice pudding, and whoever happens to receive the almond to their bowl will have very good luck the following year!
This Finnish rice pudding recipe rules! Warm, creamy rice pudding is great for a winter day or a hot breakfast. Paired with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.
- Cook the rice over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan filled with an equivalent amount of water, so that the water is just barely covering the rice. Add butter and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning, and until all the remaining water is absorbed.
- Add half of the milk and let cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until all of the milk is absorbed.
- Add the rest of the milk (2 cups) to the saucepan and continue to cook over medium heat and stirring often to prevent the rice and milk from burning. Keep cooking until the rice thickens and achieves a creamy appearance. At this point you can add the heavy cream to make the rice even thicker! (if you desire)
- Add Salt and remove from heat.
- Add cinnamon, sugar, and other spices and desired toppings.
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