Papa’s Cinnamon Rice Porridge

“When we were growing up, we got a lot of rice from the Church. This was one of our breakfast staples.” – Stephen Ferre

“If you like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, you are really going to enjoy this. The recipe doesn’t look like much, but when I tried it myself for the first time in 2022, it was such a nice comfort food experience. What a great use for leftover rice in the morning! I topped mine with a bit of homemade cranberry sauce, and it was excellent. I think some sautéed cinnamon-sugar apples would also be really good with this.” – April Ferre

Papa’s Cinnamon Rice Porridge

Course: Breakfast


  • Cooked Rice
  • Milk
  • Raisins Optional
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon


  • Combine equal amounts of rice and milk in a saucepan. Add raisins if desired.
  • Bring to a slow boil over medium heat and then immediately reduce heat to low and simmer for approximately 5 minutes or until porridge is creamy. Stir frequently so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, sugar and cinnamon to taste.
  • Try variations with other dried fruit such as cranberries or apricots or fresh chopped apple or banana.

1950’s Recipe – Helen Ferre