Hot Buttered Sweet Rice

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Who all has had a bowl of Hot Buttered Sweet Rice handed to them by their loving mama or grandmama?

When my Mama was a little girl, she’d come in from school to find her Granny waiting to hear all about her day.
Knowing that kids were hungry after a long day at school, she’d smile when Mama walked in and sit her down at the table…


And put a bowl in front of her.


Then she’d take some rice from the supper she was preparing and scoop some hot right into that bowl…


And add a pat of butter.


And a sprinkling of sugar.

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And give it a good stir.

And Mama would eat that entire bowl of warm, sweet, buttery rice.

Sometimes, the very next day before school, Mama would wake up to find her Granny heating up leftover rice to repeat this for a warm and soothing breakfast before she headed off to school.

It sure was good.

Did you eat this when you were little?

Was there some other comfort food that you remember along these lines? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


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  1. I used to make it for dinner or breakfast when my kids were growing up. I still eat it now with left over rice. My mom used to make a rice dish for dinner that I’ve never seen a recipe for. Take hot rice, beat egg whites with sugar until pretty stiff then combine. I’ve made it too but never tastes as good as my mother’s. Sometimes I mix the yolk into the hot rice while beating the egg whites. If anyone has an actual recipe I’d love to have a copy.

  2. My mother made this dish for us regularly (it’s cheap). I now have introduced it to my own children who love it!

  3. My uncle was a rice farmer so needless to say we always had rice & with every meal. Buttered sugar rice was definitely one of my favorites.

  4. My grandma used to make this for lunch or just a snack, and it was DELICIOUS!! I have not made it in about three years. I have been thinking about it recently, and I may make it soon. She would also make some “bread” without the yeast cooked on a small sheet tray. The top was nicely browned, and if you added some butter to it right from the oven and ate it right then you were in for a treat. Now I am hungry.

  5. My mama made this for us on a regular basis, brings me back! If she was still with me I’m sure she would be happy to make me some, as reading about it has made me start to crave it!

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