rum soaked raisins

Rice pudding is one of those timeless desserts that has been enjoyed by generations alike. This is true for my family and I know it is true for others. My Grandma was said to have made the best rice pudding around, and it is something that both of my parents have loved and served over the years. Here is a recipe for orange rice pudding with rum soaked raisins !

The best thing about this orange rice pudding is that it is insanely easy to make and instantly gratifying. You can prep it, cook it, and indulge in the melange of flavors in less than an hour. Soaking the raisins in rum adds a soft and chewy texture to the rich and creamy dish.


  • 1 cup uncooked short-grain or long-grain white rice
  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • Cinnamon


Add raisins and rum to a bowl and splash in ¼ teaspoon of the almond extract.

Place the uncooked rice, milk, sugar, salt, and orange zest in a medium-large pot. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes.

Add the rum and raisins to the pudding along with the vanilla extract and remaining almond extract. Mix and cook uncovered for another 4 minutes. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of butter until it melts. Dust with cinnamon and serve heated, chilled, or at room temperature.