Rum Raisin Rice Pudding: A Decadent Delight for Dessert

Greetings baking enthusiasts and welcome to my latest recipe- Rum Raisin Rice Pudding! I am excited to share this recipe with you all, as it is one of my personal favorites. There is nothing quite like the creamy texture and rich flavor of a homemade rice pudding, combined with the boozy sweetness of rum soaked raisins.

This recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion- from a cozy night at home with loved ones, to a special gathering with friends. If you are looking for an impressive dessert that is both delicious and easy to make, look no further!

As a seasoned baker, I have spent years perfecting the art of creating classic desserts with a twist. This recipe is no exception- it combines traditional rice pudding flavors with a unique flavor profile that everyone will love. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of rum?

So let’s get baking and make some delicious Rum Raisin Rice Pudding!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding
Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Are you looking for the perfect comfort food to brighten up your day? Look no further – this rum raisin rice pudding recipe is exactly what you need! Here are three reasons why you’ll be absolutely in love with this sweet, creamy, and indulgent dish.

Firstly, who doesn’t love rice pudding? This classic dessert is comforting, nostalgic, and versatile. But our rum raisin version takes it to the next level. The combination of the tender basmati rice, infused with notes of dark rum and vanilla, and plump raisins make every bite a heavenly experience.

Secondly, this isn’t just any ordinary rice pudding recipe – it’s a baked one. That’s right; we’ve taken the classic stovetop recipe to the next level by baking it to perfection. This results in a perfectly creamy texture that is simply unmatched!

Finally, this recipe allows for customization and variation. While we recommend using dark raisins and dark rum for an extra-decadent flavor profile, you can easily switch things up. Try golden raisins instead of dark or coconut rum instead of regular for a tropical twist on this classic dish. Plus, with our helpful tips and instructions, you’ll be able to master this recipe with ease.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of this rum raisin rice pudding and savor the creamy goodness yourself!

Ingredient List

 A spoonful of warm, creamy happiness
A spoonful of warm, creamy happiness

Here are the delicious ingredients you’ll need for this Heavenly Rum Raisin Rice Pudding recipe:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup dark rum
  • ¼ cup coconut rum (optional)
  • 1 extra-large egg yolk

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dark raisins
  • ¼ cup light raisins

Sugar Mixture:

  • 3 tablespoons of dark rum
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Ground cinnamon for sprinkle.

Before we start, let’s check essential things off the list. You will also need a small or medium-heavy bottomed stainless steel saucepan for your pudding. Besides, all the ingredients should be at room temperature – especially with the egg yolk requirement. Let’s get to know them better in the next section!

The Recipe How-To

 The ultimate comfort food in a bowl
The ultimate comfort food in a bowl

Now, let’s dive into the recipe how-to for this delicious Rum Raisin Rice Pudding. Make sure you have all the ingredients at hand before starting.

Preparing the Rice and Raisins

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine light raisins and 1/4 cup of the dark rum. Set aside and let it soak for at least an hour.

Step 2: Rinse well and drain 1 1/2 cups basmati rice. In a medium heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan, combine the rice, 3 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stir it once then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 18-20 minutes.

Step 3: While the rice is cooking, in another heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring to boil over high heat 1 cup of extra-large raisins and 3 tablespoons of dark rum, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to simmer and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Combining Ingredients for Baking

Step 4: Add 3-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt into the pan with raisins. Mix well until fully combined.

Step 5: Combine pre-cooked rice in pan with soaked pastel raisins,reserving any leftover rum.

Step 6: Next, add 5 cups of milk or half-and-half, whichever you prefer. If using milk, you may add an additional 1/2 cup of cream to make it creamier. Whisk to combine then bring it to boil again over medium-high heat.


Step 7: When boiling is achieved pour milk mixture into pan with the raisins and cooked rice. Add in any remaining rum from soaked pastel raisins.

Step 8: Bring to a simmer then lower heat again enough to maintain simmering temperature but not boiling level. Cook uncovered for around 45 to 50 minutes until the puddling mixture has thickened up; remember ot stir frequently.


Once baked rice pudding has simmered remove from heat source, discard cinnamon stick if used, and wait until pudding cools down almost completely with stirring occasionally during cooling time period.Then refrigerate until serving time.

Well done! You have made your own delightful Rum Raisin Rice Pudding by following these simple steps that guarantee excellent results every time.

Substitutions and Variations

 A bite of nostalgia in every spoon
A bite of nostalgia in every spoon

Substitutions and variations are an excellent way to personalize any recipe, and this rum raisin rice pudding recipe is no different. There are countless ways to switch up the dish based on individual preferences or dietary restrictions. Below are some fantastic variations to try out:

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of raisins, you can substitute them with any dried fruit you desire. Dried cranberries or apricots will be a perfect replacement for raisins. However, if you prefer fresh fruits, then topping the cooked pudding with berries or chopped bananas will add a bright and lovely contrast.

Another simple variation is switching up the type of rice used in the recipe. Instead of basmati rice, try out Arborio rice for a creamier texture or long-grain rice for a fluffier finish. You might even use coconut milk instead of half-and-half and coconut rum instead of dark rum to give the pudding a tropical twist.

If you prefer an alcohol-free version, replace the rum with apple juice or orange juice mixed with vanilla extract for a lovely aroma.

For those who like their rice pudding denser and more custard-like, mix in extra egg yolks or reduce half-and-half by half and substitute it with sweetened condensed milk instead.

Finally, consider trying out added spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon stick or ginger during cooking to give your pudding a unique flavor profile.

The possibilities with this rum raisin rice pudding recipe are endless! So have fun experimenting with different ingredients to come up with your version of this delicious dessert.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect dessert for a cozy night in
The perfect dessert for a cozy night in

Once your rum raisin rice pudding is ready, it’s time to decide how you want to serve it. This dessert is both delicious and versatile, making it easy to pair with a variety of toppings and accompaniments.

For a simple yet elegant presentation, spoon the warm pudding into individual dessert bowls and dust with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder or cocoa powder for a rich flavor. Alternatively, you can chill the pudding in the refrigerator and serve it cold. The cool temperature of the chilled pudding pairs well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

For those who love crunch, try topping the pudding with some toasted nuts of your choice like almonds, walnuts or pecans. The sweet flavor of the raisins pairs perfectly with the nutty taste of the nuts. You may also consider sprinkling some coconut flakes to add an exotic tropical flavor to your dessert.

If you’re looking for a boozy twist, soak some extra raisins in spiced rum for more than 24 hours before you make the recipe. Serve pudding with a good dollop of whipped cream and your soaked raisins spiked with coconut rum for an elevated experience that is sure to be memorable.

Finally, if you’re serving this dessert as part of a larger spread, try pairing it with black tea or coffee served in dainty teacups. Served together creates a comforting and cozy atmosphere perfect for winter gatherings.

No matter how you choose to serve rum raisin rice pudding dish, this recipe is ultra-comforting and light at the same time Sure to impress everyone from foodies to new cooks – this delightful treat is best enjoyed together with your loved ones!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

When it comes to preparing a dish like the Rum Raisin Rice Pudding, it’s vital to plan ahead and make sure everything is ready for when you need it. Fortunately, this pudding recipe lends itself well to prepping in advance, which means that you can make as much or as little of it as you need without having to worry about it losing its texture and taste over time.

If you’re planning on making this recipe for a special occasion or even just for your daily meal, we recommend cooking your rice the day before and then refrigerating it overnight. Doing so not only makes the dish come together faster, but it also helps the rice absorb more flavor as it cools.

Once your pudding is complete, portion any remaining servings of your Rum Raisin Rice Pudding into individual containers before storing them in the refrigerator. This way, when you’re craving something sweet the next day – or even a few days later – you’ll have a delicious rice pudding treat that’s easy to grab and go.

To reheat your rum raisin rice pudding, microwave each portion for about 30 seconds or until heated through. You can also warm it up in the oven by preheating your oven to 325°F (163°C), placing your pudding in an oven-safe dish and then heating it up for approximately 10 minutes or so.

Keep in mind that while reheating your Rum Raisin Rice Pudding is totally possible, doing so repeatedly can cause it to dry out over time. To avoid this issue entirely, eat up all of your leftovers as quickly as possible while everything is still fresh and delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

To make the perfect Rum Raisin Rice Pudding, there are some tips and tricks that can make all the difference. Pay close attention to these pointers to ensure that your pudding comes out creamy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked.

1. Soak Your Raisins

One of the secrets of this recipe is the soaked raisins. Soaking them in rum makes them more plump, juicy, and flavorful. Make sure you take the time to soak them before adding them into the pudding.

2. Use Half-and-Half

Using half-and-half instead of whole milk adds extra creaminess to the pudding without making it too heavy. You can also use coconut rum for a tropical twist on this classic recipe.

3. Cook Your Rice Properly

The key to excellent rice pudding is correctly cooked rice. Keep an eye on the amount of liquid you add to the pot, as too much or too little liquid can result in overcooked or undercooked rice.

4. Choose The Best-Quality Ingredients

The quality of ingredients you choose will directly impact the taste of your pudding. Use good quality basmati rice, pure vanilla extract, and dark rum to create a delicious and flavorful dessert.

5. Don’t Overcook The Pudding

No one likes a grainy or rubbery pudding, so don’t overcook it! Remove it from heat right when it’s thickened up and continue stirring for a few more minutes until it cools down enough to serve.

By following these tips, you will be able to create a perfect Rum Raisin Rice Pudding that is rich, creamy and bursting with flavor. Enjoy!


As we delve into the FAQs for the rum raisin rice pudding recipe, you might be feeling hesitant about embarking on this culinary adventure. Rest assured that the following information will guide you through any hesitation and concerns you may have. Let’s get started!

Which type of rice is best for rice pudding?

When it comes to making this particular dish, there are different types of rice that could be used. While some people prefer white rice, specifically Thai Jasmine Rice, using aromatic Basmati Rice is advisable as it contains starch that can help attain a balance between consistency and flavor.

How to make Jamie Oliver’s rice pudding?

To make a delectable rice pudding, grab a deep pot and combine rice with creamy milk, rich cream, sweet honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. Slice the vibrant vanilla pod lengthways to uncover the treasured seeds inside and toss them into the pot too. Mix the ingredients well and bring them to a boil before lowering the heat and letting the pot simmer away. Keep stirring occasionally for 30 to 35 minutes until the rice resembles a soft, sticky, and perfectly cooked pudding.

Should you rinse pudding rice?

As previously discussed, the key to achieving a velvety consistency for this sweet treat is the starch that is naturally present in the cooking grains. However, it would be wise to incorporate a rinse into the recipe process to eliminate any unwanted dirt or surplus starch.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this rum raisin rice pudding recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion. With its creamy texture, aromatic flavors, and soaked raisins, it’s sure to please your palate and satisfy your sweet cravings. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer for later use.

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert or want to impress your guests with a sophisticated yet simple dish. So go ahead and grab your ingredients, follow the steps outlined in this article, and get ready to indulge in a decadent and delicious treat that’s sure to become one of your favorites.

Remember to experiment with different variations and substitutions to find what works best for you. And most importantly, enjoy the process of cooking and sharing this mouth-watering delicacy with those you love. Happy cooking!

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding Recipe

Rice pudding is another comfort food and this is Ina Garten's recipe that she made even better.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Kosher, Nuts, Rice, Sweet
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 bowl of beautiful pudding
Calories: 499.6kcal


  • 1/4 cup light raisins
  • 1/2 cup dark raisin
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum
  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 1 extra-large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • slivered almonds, toasted (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum; set aside.
  • Combine the rice and salt with 1-1/2 cups water in a medium heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan.
  • Bring it to a boil, stir once, and simmer, covered on the lowest heat for 8-0 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed.(If your stove is very hot, pull the pan halfway off the burner).
  • Stir in 4 cups of half-and-half and sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, until the rice is very soft.
  • Stir often, particularly toward the end.
  • Slowly stir in the beaten egg and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Off the heat, add the remaining cup of half and half, the vanilla, and then the raisins with any remaining rum; stir well.
  • Top with almonds, if desired.
  • Pour into a bowl, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
  • Serve warm or chilled.

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Serving: 208g | Calories: 499.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.3g | Protein: 9.5g | Fat: 24.9g | Saturated Fat: 14.9g | Cholesterol: 115.5mg | Sodium: 245.2mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 27g

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