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Rice Pudding with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins

This classic stovetop rice pudding recipe is wonderfully creamy, flavored with cinnamon and has bourbon-soaked raisins stirred in at the end.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 1 hour 10 minutes
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 350 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup medium-grain white rice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups whole milk
  • cups half-and-half
  • cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Directions

  1. Combine the raisins and the bourbon together in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. As soon as it reaches a simmer, remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. Bring 2 cups water to boil in large, heavy-bottomed pot (at least 3 quarts). Stir in the rice and salt; cover and simmer over low heat, stirring once or twice until the water is almost fully absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, half-and-half, and sugar. Increase the heat to medium-high to bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to maintain simmer without boiling. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the mixture starts to thicken, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring every couple of minutes to prevent sticking and scorching, until a spoon is just able to stand up in the pudding, about 15 minutes longer.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the raisins (with any extra bourbon), vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. (It can be covered with plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding and then refrigerated up to 2 days.) You can stir in some extra milk if reheating it, to achieve the original creamy consistency, if you'd like.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Rice Pudding with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 184mg18%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.