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Swedish Rice Pudding

It is the Swedish tradition at Christmas to put one almond in the rice pudding when it is almost cooked. The legend holds that the person who gets the almond is the one who will be married the year after.

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 3 inch stick cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 almond whole




Cook rice in water with cinnamon stick until done. Remove cinnamon stick and let cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Mix rice with beaten eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Pour into baking dish, drizzle melted butter over top.

Bake 1 hour in 325°F oven. To be authentically Swedish, ten minutes before baking is done, insert almond. Serve warm.

Serves: 6

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Contributor: Emilie Eliasson Hovmöller

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