Milchreis I – German Milk Rice Pudding Recipe

This is a great comfort food for breakfast or dessert.  You will find this on German menus quite often, and kids love it. There are many slight variations, but this recipe is a good start.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes.
Portions: 4.


  • 1 cup short grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix the rice, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in the cream and milk. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer the rice for 30 minutes, or until soft and milk mixture becomes thick. Stir often.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Serve warm with cinnamon and sugar or fruit compote.
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5 Responses to “Milchreis I – German Milk Rice Pudding Recipe”

  1. Frank says:

    In Germany this is more likely to be eaten (mostly by kids) as a lunch main dish instead of breakfast or dessert.

  2. MissLilly says:

    I’ve tried this yesterday for the 1st time and it tastes really well. I had it for lunch, it’s really heavy but good 🙂

  3. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s delicious, and almost the way I remember it from being a kid in Germany.

  4. Milchreis Fan says:

    Mjam 🙂 It is not necessary to mix the milk with cream. For a diet version you can even use milk with 1,5 % fat. More german rice pudding recipes are at

  5. Thanks for this wonderful recepe which was used for cleansing day once a month in Germany in our home and hospitals used it too. Can not wait to cook it tomorrow for lunch. THANK YOU

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