Rice pudding is a classic comfort food that brings back memories of childhood. The creamy texture and delicate flavors make it a perfect dessert for any occasion. In our Spiced Bourbon Rice Pudding, we take the traditional rice pudding and give it a delightful twist by adding warm spices and a splash of bourbon. The result is a rich and indulgent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth and warm your soul.
Ingredients for this Spiced Bourbon Rice Pudding
- 1 cup Arborio rice (rinsed)
- 4 cups whole milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ cup bourbon
- Ground cinnamon, for garnish
- Whipped cream, (optional for serving)
How to Make this Rice Pudding Recipe
- In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Heat over medium heat until the mixture reaches a gentle simmer.
- Add the Arborio rice to the saucepan and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the pudding has thickened.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the bourbon. If desired, add the raisins at this point.
- Transfer the rice pudding to individual serving bowls or a large serving dish. Let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled.
- Optional: Before serving, top the rice pudding with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Tips and Variations
Here are a few tips to make your spiced bourbon rice pudding even more delicious:
- If you don't have Arborio rice, you can substitute it with any short-grain rice.
- Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste preferences. You can also use alternative sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
- Add dried fruits like raisins, golden raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots.
- For an extra touch of sweetness, texture, and/or flavor, serve the rice pudding with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a sprinkle of toasted nuts.
Enjoy this Rice Pudding
Spiced bourbon rice pudding is a boozy twist on the classic dessert. The warm spices and the hint of bourbon add depth and richness to the creamy rice pudding, making it a perfect treat for any occasion.