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Hawaiian Rice Pudding

"An aunt who lived in Hawaii shared the recipe for this tropical-tasting rice pudding," relates field editor Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas. "It's my family's favorite comfort food."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 3 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan, combine 3-1/2 cups milk, rice, sugar and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese. Beat in eggs and remaining milk. Stir into rice mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minutes over medium heat until mixture reaches 160°. Stir in vanilla. Spoon into six dessert dishes.
  • Drain pineapple, reserving the juice; set the pineapple aside. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, butter, salt and reserved pineapple juice. bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in vanilla and pineapple. Spoon over pudding.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 478 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 413mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • dyes
    May 20, 2017

    After trying this, I'll never use another recipe for rice pudding. I always double the sauce because it adds that special touch. I promise you won't be disappointed if you try this recipe. We like it both warm and cold. I also like to serve it to guests.Additional comment: I inadvertently opened a can of crushed pineapple instead of the chunks. It worked great. In fact, it's now our preference.

  • zmarie
    May 4, 2013

    This is the best rice pudding receipe I've come across! Rich, creamy and full of flavor-I made my sauce with what I had on hand- strawberries, blackberries and pineapple in lemon juice and cornstarch.

  • vewebber58
    Mar 10, 2011

    This rice pudding is mmmmmm, mmmmm good! Very easy to make, creamy, not too sweet, and seems to be fool proof! It's delicious without the sauce, but adding it makes it heavenly. I use 1% milk, and it tastes rich and wonderful.

  • tedajane
    May 26, 2009

    I have made this rice pudding since it was featured in taste of home with two exceptions I omit the cream cheese and do not make the sauce. I use whole milk, half & half, or a combination. I use jasmine rice for long grain, it doesn't stick. My husband doesn't care for pudding so it leaves more for me & my kids. We eat this cold, warm with or without cream, but its best when the chill has been knocked off.

  • mesasunshine
    Jun 9, 2008

    Do you eat this hot or cold?