Kozy Shack Rice Pudding is one of those simple desserts I occasionally pick up from the grocery store. The timeless combination of creamy vanilla pudding and chewy rice makes it the perfect comfort food.
Making homemade rice pudding isn’t hard, and it’s even more delicious than packaged rice pudding! This copycat Kozy Shack rice pudding recipe uses high-quality ingredients like whole milk and cinnamon, with no preservatives.
What I love about this recipe is that I can adjust the flavors and sweetness just how I like it. Serve it warm straight from the stove, or cold from the fridge, it’s up to you!
Picking the Best Kozy Shack Rice Pudding Ingredients
Kozy Shack rice pudding is best made with medium or short-grain water polished rice. These varieties have more starch than long-grain rice, which leads to tender rice and creamier pudding.
If you only have long-grain rice, you can use it as well. Just keep in mind that your rice pudding won’t have as creamy a texture.
Varieties such as pearl rice, sushi rice, risotto rice or arborio rice work best for this recipe! Try to avoid low-starch rice like jasmine or basmati.
The best type of milk for this recipe is whole milk. Whole milk helps make the rice pudding thick and rich.
If you want, you can use low-fat milk to cut out some of the calories. The pudding texture may end up thinner, so make sure you use a starchy rice to make up for it.
If you want to make this recipe lactose-free, you can use non-dairy milk instead of whole milk. Thicker options like coconut or soy milk will give you the best consistency.
Egg yolks are a key component of this recipe. They help give this pudding its custard-like flavor and texture.
You have to be careful about adding eggs to hot liquids though. Always do this gradually, or else you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.
I recommend first adding spoonfuls of hot milk to the whisked eggs. Then once the eggs have reached the appropriate temperature, you can add them to the pudding.
There’s no flavor in dessert cuisine more universally loved than vanilla! Every treat I can think of tastes better with a little vanilla added.
Vanilla is popular in desserts because it actually helps foods taste sweeter. It can also enhance other flavors like chocolate!
Typically, vanilla flavor is added via extract. Real extract is made by soaking vanilla beans in alcohol to release the natural flavors.
You can use artificial vanilla extract (also called vanilla essence), but the flavor is not as strong. I recommend using essence if you plan to add cinnamon, so the flavors don’t compete with each other.
Cinnamon adds a warm, spiciness that gives this treat its cozy factor! When I eat Kozy Shack rice pudding, usually I sprinkle a bit of powdered cinnamon on top.
Making this recipe from scratch allows you to infuse cinnamon flavor right into the rice pudding. Simply add a cinnamon stick to the Kozy Shack rice pudding as it cooks.
Tips and Tricks for Making Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
- Skip rinsing your rice. The extra starch will help thicken up the rice pudding, so it’s not necessary to rinse it off.
- Try adding raisins to the Kozy Shack rice pudding while it cooks. They will absorb the sweet milk and get juicy and plump!
- Add almonds or other crushed nuts for crunchiness. This also makes the rice pudding a bit more special when you serve it to guests.
- Thicken up the rice pudding with flour if needed. This is a helpful trick if you’re using low-starch rice or low-fat milk.
Kozy Shack Rice Pudding Recipe
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time60 min
- Total Time1h15 min
- Heat Rice, Milk, and Sugar
Heat the saucepan over medium high heat. Pour in the rice, milk, and granulated sugar.
- Stir In Vanilla Essence
Add the vanilla essence and stir until fully combined.
- Boil and Stir
Bring the rice mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Let the mixture simmer over medium low.
Stir the pudding every few minutes so the bottom doesn’t burn. Let the rice mixture cook like this for 1 hour.
- Combine Eggs with Rice Mixture
Crack two eggs into a medium bowl. Spoon some of the rice pudding mixture from the saucepan and add it to the eggs.
Whisk eggs lightly as you continue to add more of the pudding mixture. This prevents the egg mixture from scrambling.
Once the eggs are hot and well-blended, add them to the saucepan with the remaining rice mixture. Stir well.
- Add Cream
Pour heavy cream into the saucepan and stir.
- Cool, Then Serve!
Remove the cooked pudding from the stove. Keep the rice pudding covered and let the mixture cool.
Cooling the rice allows it to thicken up. Once it’s cool enough to eat, go ahead and serve your Kozy Shack rice pudding.
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How to Store and Freeze Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
This Kozy Shack rice pudding is the perfect dessert to make in a big batch. It will stay good in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
When you want to reheat your rice pudding, it’s as simple as placing it in the microwave. If you want, you can heat it in the oven in a ceramic baking dish.
- 7.2g Fat
- 43.7g Carbs