Baked Rice Pudding with Rhubarb

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Prep 15minBake 1hr 40minMakes 6-8 serves

Rice pudding is the ultimate in comfort food. Coconut milk gives this version a contemporary twist and when topped with vanilla-baked rhubarb, it is a winter pudding you will want to make time and time again.


melted butter, to grease
110g (½ cup) Arborio rice
375ml (1½ cup) milk
270ml can coconut milk
2 tablespoons caster sugar
10g (2 teaspoons) butter
toasted flaked coconut or roasted coconut chips (see Baker’s Tips), to serve (optional)

Baked rhubarb

1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
75g (⅓ cup) caster sugar
1 bunch rhubarb, trimmed, washed and cut into 7cm lengths (you will have about 550g trimmed weight)


  1. To make the Baked rhubarb, preheat oven to 200°C. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean, place into a medium bowl with the sugar, and toss to evenly combine. Add the rhubarb and toss to coat in the vanilla sugar. Transfer the rhubarb and vanilla bean to an ovenproof dish just large enough to arrange the rhubarb in a single layer. Sprinkle with any remaining vanilla sugar left in the bowl. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, give the dish a shake and bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender when tested with a skewer. Remove from the oven and set aside while baking the rice pudding.
  2. Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C. Combine the rice, milk, coconut milk and caster sugar in a bowl. Stir with a fork until well combined. Transfer to a 1-litre (4-cup) ovenproof dish and dot with the butter. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 1 hour–1 hour 10 minutes, whisking occasionally with a fork so the rice cooks evenly, or until the rice is just tender and the pudding is the consistency of a wet risotto.
  3. Serve the warm rice pudding immediately, topped with the rhubarb. Drizzle with rhubarb syrup and sprinkle with the coconut, if desired.

Baker's Tips

  • Roasted coconut chips are available from the dried fruit and nuts section of selected supermarkets.

Photography by Alan Benson.

This recipe is from Anneka's SBS Food online column, Bakeproof: Comfort puddingsCLICK HERE for more Bakeproof recipes.