This rice pie is such a classic.
Do you know any other popular Belgian treats?
Apart from waffles I mean. There’s this stuffed pastry tart from the Flemish city of Geraardsbergen (Grammont) called mattentaart, a puff pastry stuffed with a mixture of milk, buttermilk, almonds and eggs.
Another well known dessert is Limburgse vlaai, or a fruit pie from the Limburg region.
OK, back to our recipe here.
Don’t let the lengthy recipe below scare you off now, it’s such a fun pie recipe to make then!
And the minute you set your teeth in this warm creamy pie, it will be worth every second of your time you put into it because it is just irresistible… When people ask me what a rice pie actually is, I just say it’s kind of like baked rice pudding in a soft pie shell.
More about that shell. It’s got nothing to o with puff pastry or shortcrust pastry. You need to make this special pastry from scratch.
Belgian Rice Pie Recipe
It’s a yeast shell, that’s why it is so fluffy and light.
You can’t buy this pie shell anywhere.
It doesn’t really have a specific name, that’s why I call it a yeast shell. That’s its most important ingredient. Can you use another kind of pastry instead? Sure, but it will obviously be a totally different pie.
I’m not much of a baker, but I do love making this classic pie!
It takes some time to prepare but like I said before, the minute you set your teeth in this warm creamy pie…
It will be worth every second!
Do you love this rice pie?
Then also check out another Belgian classic pie: sugar pie!
Creamy baked rice pudding in a soft pie crust... this rice pie recipe is a classic Belgian dessert!
- 4,5 oz rice (125 g), long grain or Arborio
- 5,5 oz plain flour (155 g)
- ⅓ oz fresh yeast (10 g)
- 2 ¾ cups whole milk (660 ml)
- 4 tbsp cream
- 1,4 oz unsalted butter (40 g), cold
- 4 oz caster sugar (115 g)
- ½ vanilla bean split open
- 2 tsp cornstarch or instant vanilla pudding powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 small egg
- Warm ¼ cup (60 ml) of milk until it is tepid, don’t let it simmer. Add the all purpose flour, fresh yeast, cold unsalted butter, 1 egg yolk, a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of the caster sugar to a blender.
- Pulse into a dry and crumbly mixture. Pour in the tepid milk.
- Pulse again until you get a firm dough. Add extra flour if the dough it too wet or sticky.
- Transfer the dough onto a well floured surface. Sprinkle with a little extra flour and start kneading the dough for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a ball and wrap it loosely up in some cling film. It will raise a little so don’t make it too tight. Let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to activate the yeast. In the meantime combine the rice, 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) of milk, the vanilla bean, a tiny pinch of salt and 2 oz (55 g) of caster sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil. Then turn the heat lower and simmer the rice for about 20 minutes or until it is almost tender and the milk has almost disappeared. Keep an eye on it or the rice might burn. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cream just to keep the rice moist or the pie will be too dry. Remove the vanilla bean.
- Heat the rest of the milk in a small saucepan.
- In a separate saucepan add 1 egg yolk and half of the remaining caster sugar.
- Whisk into a creamy mixture and then add the rest of the sugar as well.
- Stir the creamy yolk mixture for another minute. Then place the saucepan over medium heat and gradually pour in the hot milk while stirring constantly.
- Once the milk is added, add the cornstarch (or instant vanilla pudding powder) as well.
- Bring the yolk mixture to a light boil for 4 minutes until it thickens and turns into a runny custard consistency. Stir regularly.
- Add this warm custard to the cooked rice and stir well.
- Put the rice aside for now. Roll out the dough on a well floured surface and coat a tart tin with it. I used a small tin of 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter.
- Scoop the creamy rice filling in it and spread it evenly.
- Beat the remaining egg and brush the top with the egg wash.
- Bake the rice pie in a preheated oven at 356°F (180°C) for about 35 minutes until the top and the crust is golden brown. Remove the freshly baked pie from the oven and let it cool in its tin for 10 minutes. Cut it into wedges and serve lukewarm.