Holiday Rice Pudding

This is not your standard rice pudding - studded with fruits and subtly spiced, it is a great alternative to pies or cakes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup natural (raw) sugar

  • 2 teaspoons golden rum

  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

  • 2 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons dried pineapple pieces

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamom for dusting


  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Steep the tea bags until tea is strong, about 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.

  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rice; cook and stir until grains are coated and begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tea water. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and cook on low until most of liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Remove pot from heat. Stir in milk, sugar, rum, raisins, cranberries, and pineapple. Cover; return to stove and cook over low heat until mixture is thickened and silky, 35 to 45 minutes.

  4. Spoon into serving dishes and dust with cinnamon or cardamom.

Cook's Notes:

Instant rice will not work in this recipe.

You can substitute chai tea for Earl Grey tea. Or substitute your favorite dried fruits. Or use vanilla extract for the rum.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
5g Fat
71g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 333mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.