Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Recipe of the Week

This week we’ve got another entry in everybody’s number 1 (even if they don’t admit it) category – dessert. How about adding a Caribbean twist to an old favourite – rice pudding (stop gagging – in this new, improved form I guarantee it will be an old favourite!). And who better to perform this magic than Guest Chef Cynthia Beckett – our local queen of desserts.

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup very overcooked rice
  • 1/2 raisins
  • 6 Tbsp dark rum

One half hour before cooking, put raisins to soak in rum. Then, in large saucepan, mix together milk, cream and sugar. Set aside. Place cornstarch in a bowl and dissolve with 1/4 of the milk mixture. Beat together egg and vanilla in another bowl, then add cornstarch mixture, beat together and set aside. Heat original milk mixture almost to the boil, stir in cornstarch/egg mixture, beating constantly with a whisk. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, then remove from heat. Add rice, raisins and rum to cooked pudding. Chill before serving.

A few bites of this ambrosial delight should dispel any memories of that similar (but stodgy and on the whole pretty nasty) childhood “dessert.”