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Traditional rice pudding

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 40
Dietary Vegetarian
From Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels
A classic nursery pudding for 40 people. You will need casserole dishes of equal size with a combined capacity of about 9 litres/15¾ pints.


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/300F/Gas 2.

  2. Stir all of the ingredients, except the jam, together in a large bowl. pour the mixture into the baking dishes.

  3. Cover the dishes with a lid or sheet of aluminium foil and cook in the oven for 1½ hours. Remove the lid or foil and cook for a further 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the top is lightly golden and has formed a skin.

  4. Spoon the rice pudding into serving bowls and serve with spoonfuls of jam.


  • 7 litres/12½ pints whole milk
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz pudding rice
  • 500g/1lb 2oz caster sugar
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 pinches freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strawberry or raspberry jam, to serve

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