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Sticky Toffee Rice Pudding with Caramel Cream

The once homely rice pudding gets the Cinderella treatment in this comforting dessert that delivers on the sticky toffee flavor. It has just the right amount of thickness for soaking up a hot caramel topping. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked medium grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup hot caramel ice cream topping


  • In a large saucepan, bring the water, rice and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until rice is tender. Add dates and milk; cook and stir for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, 1 cup cream and butter. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir into rice mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the sour cream, caramel topping and remaining cream until slightly thickened. Serve with warm rice pudding. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup rice pudding with 1 tablespoon topping: 329 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • heyjudelynn
    Oct 20, 2015

    Can you make the rice part ahead of time then bake it when you get where you're going? Will it still be okay the next day?

  • hchambers
    Jun 30, 2015

    I made this for my mother-in-law and she absolutely adored it. You will want to give this to the rice pudding lover in your life.

  • whopants
    Feb 24, 2015

    Oh my this sounds wonderful but since I don't like dates I will substitute with raisins, thank you for the wonderful recipe!!

  • cajvan
    Feb 24, 2015

    Re-read the first step

  • cathycraig
    Feb 24, 2015

    Where do the dates get added. Did I miss something? Sounds wonderful!