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Apricot Rice Custard

Creamy rice custard drizzled with apricot sauce makes a comforting dessert or a refreshingly different breakfast. As a young mother, housewife and substitute teacher, I haven't been cooking all that long, but it's easy to impress people with this recipe since it's simple and delicious. -Elizabeth Montgomery, Allston, MA
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (8-1/2 ounces) apricot halves
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a large saucepan, cook rice according to package directions. Stir in milk, sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Stir 1/2 cup into eggs; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 15 minutes or until mixture reaches 160° or coats the back of a metal spoon (do not boil).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in extracts and cinnamon.
  • For sauce, drain apricot syrup into a small saucepan. Chop apricots; add to syrup. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce and custard warm or chilled.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 232 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • watermelonmuffin
    Feb 20, 2013

    This stuff is really good! I made this a few years ago and I still remember how it tastes. I should make it again soon!

  • watermelonmuffin
    Feb 20, 2013

    This stuff is really good! :)

  • mbeckhold
    Sep 20, 2010

    I also made this when it first came out, and it won rave reviews by everyone who tasted it. We call it "heavenly!" It is delicious!

  • delowenstein
    Sep 21, 2009

    I made adjustments to this recipe & I'd used 1 cup cooked rice (Minute Rice for 1 cup cooked) and I'd added 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon for flavor. I think 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon would bring out the flavor than 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon! For the Sauce: I'd used a 10-oz. package of dried apricots with JUST enough water to cover fruit. I'd cooked in a saucepan for 20 minutes, then drained liquid into a bowl to reserve for the sauce. I chopped the apricots, then prepared the sauce as recipe stated. I used reserved juice from the cooked apricots for the sauce. I'd made this dessert for my niece by marriage (Linde May Pinto) and she really liked it! Rice pudding is one of her favorite desserts! Thank you,Elizabeth Montgomery, for sharing your delicious recipe with Taste of Home!delowenstein

  • delowenstein
    Sep 21, 2009

    I had made this recipe when it first came out! I look forward to preparing it again for my niece-in-law, Linde! It is delicious! Dawn E. Lowenstein