Delicious Irish Cream Rice Pudding Recipe

Indulge in the comforting taste of Irish cream with my Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe. This classic dessert gets an upgrade with the addition of sweet dried currants and plump golden raisins, giving it a rich and fruity flavor. Whether you are looking for a dessert to share with your loved ones, or something to cozy up with on a chilly evening, this creamy rice pudding is the perfect choice.

As a baker, I am passionate about creating desserts that bring joy to people’s lives, and this recipe does exactly that! The recipe is easy to follow, and it comes together quickly, making it great for last-minute entertaining. Plus, it uses simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

But what makes this recipe truly something special is Bailey’s Irish Cream. It adds a smooth and velvety texture to the creamy rice pudding base while imparting its signature sweet and nutty taste. It’s no secret among bakers that Irish cream is one of the best pairing flavours for baked goods. This pudding recipe uses it in all its glory!

So whip up a batch of Irish Cream Rice Pudding tonight, and enjoy a simple yet irresistible dessert loved by all your friends and family.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Cream Rice Pudding
Irish Cream Rice Pudding

Are you fond of indulging in desserts that makes every bite a heavenly experience? Then, hold on tight because this Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe is about to change your dessert game! Not just any rice pudding recipe, it’s a cream rice pudding infused with the richness of Bailey’s Irish Cream.

This recipe is perfect for family gatherings or as a special treat after dinner. Who doesn’t love the comforting warmth of a creamy sweet bowl of rice pudding? And when combined with the bold flavor of Irish Cream, it creates a magical flavor blend that will have everyone begging for the recipe.

The addition of dried currants and golden raisins adds bursts of natural sweetness and texture to each spoonful. The Arborio rice used in this gives the pudding an irresistible creaminess in every bite. This delicious creamy rice pudding is definitely something that you want to have as part of your dessert menu.

Not many desserts can match the comfort and deliciousness of an indulgent serving of creamy Rice Pudding with its amazing flavor combination. With only ten simple to find ingredients, that won’t break your budget, This Bailey’s Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe is one everybody can afford to try!

In short, this dish is more than just another pudding recipe, it’s my family’s favorite comfort food with a twist, which can be easily replicated using whole milk or low-fat milk. So go ahead and create some joy in your kitchen by whipping up this warm and satisfying dessert that’ll also work wonders as stress relief on chilly days. I guarantee this irresistible Bailey’s Irish Cream Rice Pudding will leave you asking for more!

Ingredient List

 Sweet Irish delight in a bowl.
Sweet Irish delight in a bowl.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this Irish Cream Rice Pudding Recipe:

  • Arborio Rice: 2 cups.
  • Whole Milk: 4 cups.
  • Caster Sugar: 1 ½ cups.
  • Dried Currants: 1 cup.
  • Golden Raisin: 1 cup.
  • Irish Cream Liqueur (such as Bailey’s): 1 ½ cups.
  • Pouring Cream (35% fat content): 300ml carton.
  • Sugar: 1 cup.
  • Medium Grain Calrose Rice, rinsed and drained: 1 cup.
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 teaspoons.

The type of rice used in the pudding is important. Arborio rice is preferred because it makes the pudding creamy and not too starchy. When cooked, this rice becomes plump, tender and yields a creamy texture. Medium grain Calrose rice is another acceptable option; it needs to be rinsed and drained before using to remove excess starch.

The combination of Irish cream liqueur, pouring cream and vanilla extract create a rich flavor that complements the rice pudding beautifully. It’s worth noting that although other liqueurs may be used for substitution of Irish Cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream is highly recommended for its taste compatibility. Finally, dried currants and golden raisins add a burst of sweet flavor that provides a great contrast to the creamy pudding.

The Recipe How-To

 Raise your hand if you want some of this Irish Cream Rice Pudding!
Raise your hand if you want some of this Irish Cream Rice Pudding!

Now it’s time to dive into making the Irish Cream Rice Pudding that will have people asking for second helpings. Follow these instructions and you’ll be enjoying a creamy, satisfying treat in no time!


  • Arborio Rice: 1 cup
  • Whole Milk: 4 cups
  • Caster Sugar: 3/4 cup
  • Dried Currants: 1/2 cup
  • Golden Raisins: 1/2 cup
  • Baileys Irish Cream liqueur: 1/2 cup
  • Pouring Cream: 1/3 cup
  • Salt: a pinch

Step 1: Cook the Rice

In a large pot, add arborio rice, whole milk, caster sugar, dried currants, golden raisins and a pinch of salt. Give it all a good stir to combine the ingredients together. Bring it to boil over medium heat while stirring continuously. Once it is at a boil, reduce the heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes, or until (the) rice is tender and cooked.

Step 2: Add Baileys Irish Cream

After simmering, pour 1/2 cup of Baileys Irish Cream into the rice pudding mixture, giving it a good stir to combine properly.

Step 3: Add Pouring Cream

Add in 1/3 cup of pouring cream into the mixture and stir again until well combined.

Step 4: Bake the Mixture

Pour (the) creamy rice pudding mixture into a baking dish and bake at 160°C for about an hour, or until the pudding becomes firm and has a slight golden color on top.

Congratulations! You’ve made yourself a delicious batch of Irish Cream Rice Pudding.

Substitutions and Variations

 The ultimate comfort food with a boozy Irish twist.
The ultimate comfort food with a boozy Irish twist.

When it comes to cooking, making substitutions and variations is what keeps things interesting. Here are some tips to help you put your own spin on this Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe.

Firstly, when it comes to the rice itself, you don’t have to limit yourself to Arborio. Yes, Arborio is a great choice and it creates that perfect creamy texture that works so well with the Irish cream flavor. But there are other rice varieties out there that could be equally as delicious. Jasmine rice, for instance, has a light floral aroma that could add another layer of flavor to this already fantastic pudding. Alternatively, you could try Italian rice or even just use leftover cooked rice from a previous meal.

As for the fruit component of this recipe, feel free to mix it up as well. The recipe calls for dried currants and golden raisins but you could swap those out for other dried fruits such as apricots or cranberries. Even fresh fruit such as sliced bananas or diced apples would work well in this recipe if you prefer something a little less sweet.

If you’re looking to switch up the flavor profile of this recipe altogether, try experimenting with different liqueurs. While Baileys Irish Cream is undoubtedly delicious in this pudding, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use a different creamy liqueur such as Kahlua or amaretto. Or skip the liqueur altogether and add vanilla extract or cinnamon for some warmth and spice.

Finally, if you’re looking for a healthier version of this dessert, consider using brown rice instead of white rice and replacing some of the sugar with honey or maple syrup. Remember, as long as you maintain the overall balance of the pudding ingredients and follow basic cooking principles, your family will still love your tasty creation!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect dessert for St. Patrick's Day (or any day!).
The perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day (or any day!).

This delicious Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe is an indulgent treat that can be served warm or chilled. When the pudding is hot, it has a creamy, comforting texture that will make you want to curl up on the couch with a big bowl of this delightful dessert. Alternatively, when served cold, it has a more refreshing and velvety feel, perfect for an after-dinner sweet treat.

To enhance the flavor of this creamy rice pudding, serve it with some whipped cream and fresh berries or sprinkle some cinnamon on top. This pairing will not only add a pop of color and brightness to the dish, but also provide a luxurious and balanced texture.

For those who prefer a boozy kick to their dessert, drizzle some extra Irish cream over the top before serving. This will take your rice pudding to the next level of indulgence.

Lastly, if you are feeling creative or want to add something extra special in your presentation, try layering it with some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. This addition will complement the rich taste of the Irish cream and elevate its flavor even further.

Serving suggestions aside, this rice pudding would be best enjoyed as a dessert after dinner or as an afternoon snack paired with a good cup of coffee or tea. Its luscious texture and cozy flavor are perfect for any occasion that calls for comfort food – your family will surely love this creamy treat!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Creamy and dreamy, you won't be able to resist this rice pudding.
Creamy and dreamy, you won’t be able to resist this rice pudding.

The Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe is a great candidate for make-ahead preparation, which can be done up to two days before serving. This makes it an excellent dessert option for special occasions, such as holidays or dinner parties.

To make ahead, allow the rice pudding to cool to room temperature and then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until warm.

If you have leftover rice pudding, it can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. However, when reheating leftovers, you may need to add some milk to thin out the consistency and prevent the rice from becoming too dry.

One tip for storing this creamy rice pudding is to cover the surface with plastic wrap before refrigerating. This will prevent a skin from forming on top of the pudding.

Another option is to freeze leftover rice pudding for up to one month. Using an airtight container or freezer bag can help prevent freezer burn.

When reheating frozen rice pudding, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating following the same process as when reheating refrigerated leftovers.

Overall, this irresistible Irish cream rice pudding is a wonderful dessert option that can easily be made ahead and stored for later. Whether you’re serving it fresh or reheating leftovers, this creamy and indulgent treat is sure to please any sweet tooth craving.

Tips for Perfect Results

 I can't get enough of this Irish Cream Rice Pudding!
I can’t get enough of this Irish Cream Rice Pudding!

One of the secrets to achieving a perfect Irish Cream Rice Pudding is to use high-quality ingredients. The rice is the core of this recipe; I recommend using medium-grain Calrose rice instead of long-grain or jasmine rice. You may also use arborio rice, but it’s less affordable than Calrose. Using leftover cooked rice is not recommended, as it can lead to a different result.

Always rinse the rice in cold water and drain well before cooking. This helps remove excess starch that can cause the pudding to become gloppy or too thick. For a creamier texture, use whole milk instead of lower-fat alternatives. Remember not to add more sugar than the recipe calls for or you’ll end up with an overly sweet dessert.

Another tip is to soak the golden raisins and dried currants in Irish cream for about 15 minutes before adding them to the pudding mixture. This helps intensify their flavor and adds an extra kick of Irish cream.

When cooking the pudding, make sure you don’t let it come to a full boil over medium-high heat or it will curdle or burn at the bottom of the pot. Instead, use medium-low heat and stir continuously until it thickens and becomes creamy. Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in Bailey’s Irish Cream and vanilla extract.

For those who want to make this dessert ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, place the pudding into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently.

Follow these simple tips and tricks, and your Irish Cream Rice Pudding will be worthy of every family love and affection.


Now, let’s move on to the FAQ section of this Irish Cream Rice Pudding recipe. I know there must be some questions and doubts that you may have regarding this recipe. Therefore, I’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers to help you in your pudding making journey. Keep reading to find out more!

How do you make Martha Stewart rice pudding?

Let’s get started on the rice pudding recipe! First, grab a large saucepan and pour in your rice, sugar, salt, and 4 1/2 cups of milk. Heat the pan over medium-high until everything comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, take off the lid and give it a quick stir. Keep cooking and stirring the pudding until the rice is tender and the mixture is creamy. This should take around 5 minutes. And that’s it! Super easy and super delicious rice pudding ready to be served.

What kind of rice is best for rice pudding?

When preparing this recipe, one of the most important decisions to make is selecting the type of rice to use. While many people opt for White Rice or Thai Jasmine Rice, I highly recommend using Basmati Rice due to its starch content and ability to balance consistency with flavor.

Bottom Line

In summation, the Irish Cream Rice Pudding Recipe is the perfect dessert to satisfy both your sweet tooth and love for creamy rice pudding. With its unique flavor profile, including dried currants, golden raisins and of course, Bailey’s Irish Cream, this dish is sure to impress your family and friends.

Not only is this pudding easy to make, but it’s also versatile. You can even use various types of rice, including jasmine or Italian rice. Plus, with its make-ahead capabilities, it’s perfect for hosting guests or bringing to a potluck.

If you’re looking for a new twist on traditional rice pudding, give this recipe a try. Your taste buds will thank you.

Irish Cream Rice Pudding

Irish Cream Rice Pudding Recipe

Matt Murphy's Pub from Every Day with Rachel Ray, March 2007. Thought this would be nice to add to my repertoire of recipes for St Patrick's Day.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Brunch, Dessert, Rice, Short-Grain Rice, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Calories: 353.9kcal


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried currants or 3/4 cup golden raisin, plumped in warm water and drained
  • 1/2 cup irish cream (Bailey's)
  • butter cookie, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 300°F
  • Butter a 9-inch square baking dish.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups milk to a simmer.
  • Add the rice and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Spread the mixture in the prepared dish, cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Stir and continue baking until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes more.
  • Remove from the oven and stir in the remaining 1 cup milk and the currants or golden raisins; let cool.
  • Divide the pudding among 6 whiskey glasses and top with Irish cream.
  • Serve with the cookies.

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Serving: 236g | Calories: 353.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.3g | Protein: 8.1g | Fat: 5.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 16.3mg | Sodium: 66.8mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 42.9g

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