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Slow Cooker Rice Pudding Brûlée

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeA few weeks ago, my grandmother on my dad’s side passed away. This rice pudding reminds me of her. When I would come home to visit, we would always go out to dinner and order dessert together. She had a wicked sweet tooth and was a great person to share something sweet with. We have shared many a rice pudding brûlée together through the years.

I am a very lucky girl. I am 37 years old and until very recently had both sets of grandparents in my life. I know that I am fortunate, not many people my age can say that. My grandparents were very good to me, and I will miss them very much. My grandparents gave me sage advice, wisdom, and friendship. They are together now, and neither are suffering any longer, so their passing is bittersweet.

Some of my strongest memories come to me through food. As soon as I took a bite of this, I was sitting at a table across from her telling her about my biology class and my latest college boyfriend. She didn’t care as much about the biology, but used that as a ploy to get to the good stuff – the boy talk.

I used a recipe for rice pudding from Slow Cooker Revolution. I don’t think that I will make rice pudding any other way from now on. It is creamy and rich. I loved it. I normally don’t put raisins in anything, but my grandmother liked them, so I added them for her. You don’t have to brûlée these, but it is really easy to do and makes them go from humble to elegant. Sprinkle the tops of the pudding with sugar and tap out the excess. Use a kitchen torch to cook the sugar until it is golden brown. Let it cool for a minute or two before you crack the tops.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipe

1 cup medium grain rice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
3 cups half-and-half
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar (plus more for brûlée)
1/2 cup rasins
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeSpray the base of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add rice and salt.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeBring 3 cups of water, half-and-half, vanilla bean, and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeStir into slow cooker.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeCover and cook until rice is tender, about 2 hours on HIGH.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeIf the pudding is too loose, stir until the liquid is absorbed. If it is too thick, add a little hot water.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipeStir in raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipePortion into ramekins. Sprinkle sugar over pudding in a thin layer. Use a kitchen torch to brûlée the tops of the pudding.

Rice Pudding Brûlée recipe
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Rice Pudding Brûlée


Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar (plus more for brûlée)
  • 1/2 cup rasins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 cups of water, half-and-half, vanilla bean, and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Spray the base of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add rice and salt. Stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook until rice is tender, about 2 hours on HIGH.
  3. Stir in raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon. If the pudding is too loose, stir until the liquid is absorbed. If it is too thick, add a little hot water.
  4. Portion into ramekins. Sprinkle sugar over pudding in a thin layer. Use a kitchen torch to brûlée the tops of the pudding.

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  1. Jessica W

    October 28th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss, but what a nice way to honor her memory! I just came across your rice pudding brulee last week and served it at a dinner party this weekend. YUM! It was a big hit!

  2. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    thank you! It is my favorite and most personal way to honor someone, through food.

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    October 28th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I love the brulee topping! Delicious!

  4. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    There is very little more satisfying than cracking open a bruleed top is there?

  5. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    October 28th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    It is such a bittersweet thing having your grandparents pass, I have only my nan ( my mothers mother) left and we share a love of baking! I absolutely lover her rice pudding

  6. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Isn’t it? My other grandmother is still with us (and hopefully for a good long time!) and I love cooking with her. She taught me so much about food and cooking. She is a bad ass baker too. 🙂

  7. Cindy

    October 28th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    My stars, do you read minds? I was just at the store picking up things for rice pudding and this popped into my email screen. Can’t wait to try it.
    I am however sad to hear about your Grandmother passing. Its good that you have such fond memories of your time together.
    I will make sure to pass this on to my daughter and granddaughters as well.

  8. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Great minds must think a like! And thank you. I am a lucky girl. She was a lot of fun and loved a good dessert. 🙂

  9. Beth Young

    October 29th, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Two of my favourite desserts combined! Yum!

  10. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    This was so good. I don’t like anything cold, and I was eating this straight out of the fridge. 🙂

  11. Dina

    December 30th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Would almond milk work for in place of the cream and water for this slow cooker recipe too (I love your stovetop almond milk rice pudding)?

  12. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I would try it, I don’t see why not.

  13. Abbie

    February 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Just put this in the slow cooker…I added the zest of an orange and I will nix the cinnamon and raisins…aiming for creamsicle rice pudding!

  14. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Sounds good!

  15. Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen)

    February 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    sorry for your loss, Bree. My mommom made a fantastic rice pudding recipe. It is now a Ponzio family recipe that we make all the time. I just made it tonight actually! Rice pudding is so addicting…its almost impossible to only have a little. food is such a wonderful way to remember our loved ones. It keeps their memory with you forever…Your slow cooker brûlée rice pudding recipe looks absolutely delicious. I would like to try this one out. anything bruleed is always good in my book, too. haha. have you ever had steve and cookies rice pudding? I dont think they have it anymore (the old dessert chef would make it but they dont work with cookie anymore). it was pretty good!

  16. bakedbree

    February 24th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you! That is the rice pudding that I was talking about, we used to eat it there all the time. And no, Cookie doesn’t make it anymore. 🙁

  17. Cindy

    May 14th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hello. Can I use regular white rice, some rum and vanilla bean? Thank You!

  18. bakedbree

    May 17th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Yes, you can play around with it however you like.

  19. Cynthia

    November 27th, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Did you add cream to the to top of the ramekins? I love this recipe and the story. My grandmother made baked apples for me.

  20. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    No, just whipped cream. And thank you!

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