Milchreis with Peach-Ginger Compote

Milchreis is such a German childhood staple, but I absolutely love it as an adult, too. This gluten free, rather filling meal, dessert or snack will definitely find a permanent place in your hungry heart!



Ready In:

35 mins



Good For:


Peach-Ginger Milchreis

About this Recipe

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Say Milchreis one more time, and I will be right over! I could literally eat this German rice pudding treat every single day and simply love how versatile this little meal is that’s oh so popular in Germany. I only remember making it from scratch one time at my Oma Sieghilde’s house. On the usual, it was bought prepackaged from the pudding/yogurt section of the supermarket, where they will have endless flavor combinations for you from the classics like apple and cinnamon to more fun combinations like chocolate-banana, apricot-honey and candied almonds. There are also seasonal flavors like the German Christmas cookie favorite Vanillekipferl – yum! Some brands even sell protein Milchreis! You can tell, there is a big market in Germany for Milchreis!

Please don’t feel like I am limiting you to a fresh peach and ginger compote to go with this, especially since peaches are starting to leave the markets. Replace the peach with plum or try any of the above flavor combos for an equally satisfying Milchreis experience.

BUT what if I told you that THIS GERMAN MILCHREIS RECIPE is much better than ANY German rice pudding I have ever bought or had in the past? You better believe me because I used to eat this on the daily growing up in Germany!

How could the combination of Arborio rice, creamy milk, warming vanilla bean and a fresh peach and ginger compote not make you fall in love with Milchreis? I don’t know, either. SCROLL DOWN NOW for this SIMPLE and QUICK and GLUTEN FREE recipe and never look back. Stock pile it in your fridge or eat it warm right after making it. The ladder would be my choice and that’s part of the reason why making it yourself is by far the winning option.

Guten Appetit! 

Ingredients For MILCHREIS with Peach-Ginger compote


  • 1 quart/liter milk (at room temperature. I used 2%, but feel free to use plant-based milk instead)
  • 8 oz (250 g) round grain rice (I used Arborio, which is a risotto rice)
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 whole vanilla bean (half and scrape out the seeds, use both pod and seeds)

Peach-Ginger Compote:



  • Other Flavor Combinations: Not a peach or ginger fan? Try these mix-ins and toppings instead:
    • cinnamon sugar
    • cinnamon apples
    • fresh, seasonal fruit
    • mix in cocoa powder and fresh banana
    • a compote using different fruits such as plums, pears or berries
    • also try adding flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds or other seeds, shredded coconut, nut butters, and whatever else you can come up with!
  • Switch out the white arborio rice for a brown, short-grain rice for a more nutrient-rich version instead. 


Peach-Ginger Milchreis Essentials

Milchreis Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

For the Milchreis, on medium high heat, melt butter in a large pot, then add the rice and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the room temperature (!) milk, sugar, and vanilla seeds and pods, combine with a wooden spoon and while stirring, bring to a boil. Pay extra attention to not letting anything burn.

Step 2

Set to low and cover with a lid. Let steep for 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. The Milchreis is now ready to eat and can be served warm or cold.

Step 3

While the Milchreis is working, wash peaches, remove stems and core, and cut into bite-sized chunks. Combine all ingredients in a medium size pot and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Once boiling, reduce to medium to low heat, cover with a lid, and boil for about 30 minutes or until the fruit has softened (resist the urge to stir) and the sauce thickened.

Step 4

Let cool and add more syrup/honey/sugar to taste if needed. Serve over Milchreis or pancakes, yogurt, pudding, toast, FRENCH toast… it’s great on anything! Guten Appetit!

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Drink Pairing:

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Summer is sadly coming to an end. Pay a proper tribute to summer’s end by making one of these, kick back in the comfiest chair you can find on your porch/deck/friend’s deck, and imagine for a moment that summer will never end.

Peach purée, sparkling wine, coconut gelato and VERPOORTEN Eierlikör (a German classic egg liqueur!) all mingle in this happy libation. 

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Next Up:

Einkorn-Oat Bread

Baking bread has to be a fairly new passion of mine. And since I am German, that really shouldn’t surprise anyone.  Up next is a yummy one hundred percent whole grain loaf from a German baking book that you’ll love! Make sure to subscribe to my blog now, so you’re not missing out when this new Einkorn-Oat Bread post goes live!

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