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Grandma's Baked Rice Custard Recipe

While growing up in Italy in the 1900s, my mother lived a very basic life. But when Easter Sunday arrived, my grandmother would make this dessert as a special treat.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:20-22 servings


  • 14 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Stir in the milk, ricotta cheese, rise, pineapple, evaporated milk and vanilla. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish and a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 20-22 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 193 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 153 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.