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Christmas Rice Pudding

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 418 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Kim0827
    Aug 7, 2016

    Good but a bit too sweet. Also a small grain rice is best. I also added vanilla which made it tastier and took the edge off the sweetness a bit. Next time less sugar and add tsp. Vanilla. Also my rice took half the time to cook and absorb the milk.

  • DaisyRachel
    Jan 26, 2013

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

  • rubydoo008
    Jul 17, 2012

    Always a favourite of my man friend

  • Jenn Hasslen
    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.

  • cinjo
    Mar 28, 2009

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