by Simon Hopkinson

Indulgent and creamy with lashings of nutmeg, Simon Hopkinson shows you how to make his foolproof rice pudding recipe. It's officially the perfect comfort food.


Buyer's guide

Pudding rice is widely available in British supermarkets. Look for rice with plump, shiny, round grains.


Stored in an airtight container, it will keep for several months.


You do not have to soak pudding rice before use. Combine it with milk, eggs and nutmeg to make English rice pudding. Outside the UK, different varieties of rice (including long-grained basmati) are used, and the pudding is often flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, rosewater, pistachios, almonds or fruit.