Flapjack Topped Rice Pudding

Saturday 13 April 2019

I am an old fashioned girl and the things which bring me the most pleasure in life are simple things and ordinary pleasures. That goes for the way I choose to live my life, dress, keep my home and, most especially, with the things which bring me joy when it comes to food . . .  cooking and eating.

A simple rice pudding falls well within the realms of what brings me lots of pleasure . . .  simple, milky  . . . a nursery type of food.  Comfort food at its very best . . .

This version is a tad bit fancier than the usual in that it boasts a simple flapjack topping.  Now you North Americans might be a bit confused by that terminology.  We are not talking about pancakes here, but about a very British, very delicious oatmeal square/slice that is chewy, sticky and sweet with golden syrup.

Very moreish with a nice hot cuppa.  I have several recipes for them on here, which you can find here.  Scrumdiddlyumptious!  (To say the least!)

The pudding itself involves very few ingredients, some pudding rice (short grained), a bit of sugar and milk, with a dotting of butter.  You might think that it sees like a very tiny amount of rice, but trust me when I say it is the perfect amount!

As you can see it thickens very nicely.  There is also not a lot of sugar, which is a good thing   . . . .

You don't need a lot of sugar in a rice pudding, and let me assure you, that golden flapjack topping is plenty sweet enough!!

You will want to bake it in a shallow baking dish, so that there is plenty of surface to spread the topping over, so that it cooks up perfectly . . .  and crispy oaty beneath the grill.

This really is a most gorgeous pudding!  Todd had seconds, and I found myself sneaking tiny spoonfuls every time I went past it in the kitchen, even after it was cold . . . yes, I am a very naughty girl . . .

I always find it quite magical the way a few simple ingredients, put together properly, can create something so delicious as this pudding. 

I shouldn't be surprised really . . .  just look around us.  We are surrounded by beautiful things that are quite simple really  . . .  and yet not so simple . . . baby toes, rose petals, a robin's spring song, the loving nudge of a wet nose from a beloved furry family member . . .

In any case you need to make this pudding.  I think in North America you can get Golden Syrup online and if you can't find it, you can use corn syrup in it's place.  Golden syrup does have a lovely caramel like flavour however, so if you can get it, I highly recommend.

Flapjack Topped Rice Pudding

Yield: 4
A delicious simple and comforting rice pudding with a fabulous Flapjack Topping


  • 50g pudding rice (short grained like aborio) (1/4 cup)
  • 2 TBS caster sugar
  • 600ml whole fat milk (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 TBS  butter
For the topping:
  • 25g porridge oats (1/3 cup)
  • 100g golden syrup (1/3 cup)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  Buter a 1 litre/2 pint shallow oven proof dish really well.  Set aside.
  2. Rinse the rice under cold water.  Dry well with paper towels.  Sprinkle over the bottom of the buttered dish.  Sprinkle the sugar over all.  Pour the milk on top and dot all over with little bits of the butter.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 2 hours, until just golden brown and thick.  Remove from the oven and preheat the grill/broiler.
  4. Gently heat the golden syrup and oats together, just until the syrup thins out a bit.  Drizzle evenly over top of the rice pudding and then pop under the heated grill for about 5  minutes, until bubbling and golden brown.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes prior to serving.
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If you only make one dessert this weekend, make it this one. You will really be happy that you did!  Trust me on this! 


  1. We'll be having this on Sunday !
    By the way folks , do try yesterdays recipe "The World's Greatest Ham Sandwich " Oh my goodness ... it's seriously good ! :)

    1. Thanks for your kind words reference the Sandwich Debs! I am glad you enjoyed. Do make sure you serve this pudding warm! It is still good cold, but warm it is positively sublime! xoxo

  2. :)Have a great weekend! How you come up w/ a new recipe every day is beyond me:)

    1. Keeps me out of trouble Monique! I hope you are having a nice weekend! Sunny here but very cool! xoxo

  3. oh my gosh oh my gosh , I hold you responsible for the ten pounds I will be gaining this week lol,, OK, just kidding, you know this is just amazing, we eat rice pudding all the time, I have been making it for over forty years but never in my life have I heard of this and it sounds to die for, sending my love from Canada, thank you in advance , Im going to make this today, Garry will love it!

    1. I hope you both enjoy it Laurie! You and Garry have my prayers! Keep us posted! xoxo

  4. Double bliss, surely? I mean, flapjack AND rice pudding - together?! You are genius.

    1. Absolultely Toffeeapple! Double the pleasure! xoxo


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