Desserts/ Recipe

Arborio Rice Pudding

Happy April SRC (Secret Recipe Club) reveal day my sweet little darlings!
“Sweet little darlings” is particularly apt today. This month for SRC I was assigned the blog {Sweetly} Serendipity – “for the love of sugar, happiness and serendipitous occasions”. Of course!
Taryn is a master baker (haha) – something I have yet to accomplish. While I do call myself a chef, I still don’t consider myself a baker because if flour or sugar or yeast are involved, more often than not something goes terribly awry. Cooking on the other hand – I got that shit down! Well, usually.
Her blog is loaded with all things sweet. And if the recipe I chose to make from it this month – Arborio Rice Pudding – is any indication of her talents… Well… Taryn – you go open that bakery. Because you are fucking fantastic.
Things I did not make but probably should include:
* I did make a slight adjustment to Taryn’s recipe. Rather than make the rice in a separate pot, I just cooked it in the milk itself.

Arborio Rice Pudding




  • 4 C Whole Milk
  • 1/2 C Sweetening Agent (white sugar, organic cane sugar, or likely even honey).
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, split and seeds scraped out
  • 1 C Arborio Rice, uncooked.
  • 1/4 C Raisins.
  • 1 Tbsp Butter.
  • 1 Orange, for zest.
  • Pinch of Fine Sea Salt.


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring the milk, butter, sweetening agent, cinnamon, raisins, vanilla bean and seeds to a light boil, stirring gently but constantly to avoid burning.
  2. Once hot, add the rice. Stir well. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring often. Taste around the 25 minute mark. You want the rice el dente - not crunchy but soft; soft but not mushy. The consistency should be looser than risotto - if it's too dry for your preference you can add a little more milk if necessary.
  3. Add the orange zest and a pinch of salt. You may want to add just a touch of zest, taste, and add more if necessary. That's some strong shit! Stir well, remove vanilla pod, and remove from heat.
  4. Scoop into bowls, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. If you don't eat it all, this re-heats very well the next day (or two!) with a little more milk over medium heat in a smaller saucepan.





I was assigned this month to {Sweetly Serendipity} – what were the chances? About 1 in 50, I think. To see what she made from my blog, click here.
  • Gerry @Foodness Gracious
    April 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Looks just right for me, all moist and speckled with flavor…you do have cooking down šŸ™‚
    Take care..

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      a girl can try… šŸ˜‰

  • Carrie Burrill
    April 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Looks lovely. I <3 Rice Pudding! I had Sweetly Serendipity for my first reveal. Great blog!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      it really is! Taryn has done a great job both with her cooking and the simplicity of her blog. it’s a pleasure to read.

  • shari@myjudythefoodie
    April 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    this looks amazing. For last months SRC entry, I posted a rice pudding recipe too! it was amazingly creamy and sweet! I have just started cooking with Arborio rice for some risotto. I never thought to use it for Rice Pudding. Will definitely try this! thanks. I’m also a SRC Group D member!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      the creaminess of arborio rice lends itself really well to something like rice pudding – it also means less cream = happy hips. haha

  • Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies
    April 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Great post for SRC! Looks wonderful!

  • Taryn
    April 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Kristy – we had each other’s blogs this month! Fun coincidence… I made your brioche rolls (they were delicious). Your photos are fantastic – you picked one of my older recipes (aka back when I was a novice at everything) but I am SO glad you liked it! Great work šŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      that’s hilarious! i’m glad you liked the brioche rolls – and i love how you added whole wheat flour to them. i’m afraid to bake with whole wheat flour.

      i really did love this dish though – and so did John. he’d been asking for rice pudding for a while. why he didn’t make some himself, i’m not sure šŸ˜‰

  • Kirstin
    April 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I have never made rice pudding….YUMMY!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Kirstin! it’s so simple, so delicious and it makes an elegant dessert. especially if you put it in cute bowls (like the ones my Grandma gave me)…

  • Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious
    April 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Iā€™m visiting from Group D, and love what you did this month! Beautiful (AND delicious, Iā€™m sure)!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Thank you Dorothy! and thanks for stopping by!

  • April Tuell Angels Homestead
    April 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Yum, I would love a bowl of this for breakfast. Looks great.

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      oooooh. we did that the next day before we took off for a couple nights to the city. along side some quiche. it was divine.

  • Kelley @ The Culinary Enthusiast
    May 1, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Great pictures Kristy. I have seen rice pudding recipes made with arborio rice, but have yet to make one myself. Looks good though! Would love if you shared some of your recipes over at the new too. We’re featuring avocados in May.

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Thanks Kelley! I’ll swing by and check it out.

  • Avril
    May 1, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Rice Pudding is such a comfort food to me….I love it. I really, really do. Your pictures are just gorgeous and make me want to make some right away!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      hahahaha – thanks Avril. It IS a comfort food!

    May 1, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    That looks so good. I made a pumpkin version for one of my recent SRC posts and fell in love with rice pudding. I look forward to trying this out and veganizing it. Great job!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      ooooooh pumpkin would be good. i’ll bookmark that for Fall when our CSA brings us pie pumpkins again šŸ™‚

  • Patti
    May 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Love rice pudding! Visiting from Group D – lovely photos as well!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker
    May 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    oh, holy mother of yum. i’m just going through all the SRC posts this morning + am so thrilled i just got to yours! i love love love rice pudding, but have bafflingly never made it at home. must make this really really soon!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      hahahahaha “holy mother of yum”… hahaha…

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz
    May 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    I am a big fan of rice pudding this recipe has got my attention. great src pick!

  • April Tuell Angels Homestead
    May 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Wow, I love rice pudding, but have never tried making it myself. This recipe has definitely inspired me to try it though! šŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      let me know how it works out for you!

  • Rituparna
    May 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Delicious! This looks very similar to the rice pudding we make in India.

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      well that excites me! šŸ™‚ i love Indian food!

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    May 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    What a wonderful rice pudding! Your photographs are just amazing, and I love the recipe with the orange, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s nice to discover another new blog as well – I’ve just gone over to visit Sweetly Serendipity and I’m really enjoying my visit!

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      thank you darling! i know right? i had to add her to my blog lovin – she’s wonderful.

    • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
      May 8, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      I hope you don’t mind but I’ve ‘borrowed’ one of your lovely photographs so I could feature this post in my Hearth and Soul highlights this week. It was one of my favourites šŸ™‚

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      of course i don’t mind April! I love it! Thank you so much – looking forward to this week’s link up!

  • Natural Mothers Network
    May 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I was ravenous and craving this pudding by the second image! Thank you very much for sharing this with us on Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

    • Kristy Lynn
      May 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      hahaha – thank you Rebecca!

  • Kirsten
    December 2, 2013 at 6:09 PM


    Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!