Christmas Rice Pudding Recipe
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Christmas Rice Pudding Recipe

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My heritage is Swedish and this recipe is known among Swedes as "grut". My Grandma Anna would make it every Christmas Eve, and we would eat it with cream poured over. Grandma always put a cinnamon stick and one almond in the rice before serving. Whoever found the almond was supposed to get married next, according to tradition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Sliced almonds and ground cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 418 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 415 mg sodium, 76 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice and water. Simmer for 10 minutes; add milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 60-70 minutes or until rice is tender. Add sugar, salt and butter; mix well. Spoon into small bowls or dessert dishes. Garnish with almonds and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Rice Pudding in Country December/January 1995, p51

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"Added vanilla - and would use less sugar next time. Though it takes time, it is a very easy recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Always a favourite of my man friend"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"A good recipe. I halved it and it was plenty. I would maybe cut down on the sugar just a little as it was pretty sweet. Also, it only cooked about 30 min with the 1/2 batch."

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