I don’t know what it is about rice pudding, it’s not something I grew up eating, but I think it is the ultimate comfort food.  I like it thick and creamy, studded with plumped raisins, and hot off the stove.  And with the cool dampness settling in for the winter, combined with an enduring lack of sleep, I have been deeply craving comfort food. (That, and steaming hot bubble baths.)

My mother-in-law recently arrived with a suitcase full of all my favourite spices from India – the freshest cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and cloves – so I’ve been using them in everything I can.

I tossed a cinnamon stick into my go-to rice pudding recipe along with a vanilla bean and a handful of raisins.

I stood at the stove stirring and tasting the warm pudding and deeply inhaling the sweet steam.  It was like a much-needed warm hug.  Now if only there was a pudding that feels like a nap. 

The rice I used was Thai sticky (glutinous) rice – I had it on hand and wanted to find out if it would be a good substitute or arborio.  It was great on the first day, but got too sticky overnight.  Stick with arborio.

Feel free to substitute the vanilla bean for extract (just stir in a teaspoon at the very end) and/or the cinnamon stick for ground cinnamon (just swap in a teaspoonful at the same point in the recipe).

And I would totally support your decision to add an ounce of rum with the cream.

Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 6
Dessert
Canadian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups 2% or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk to a boil with rice, raisins, sugar, butter, vanilla bean seeds, cinnamon stick and salt. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 hour, until rice is very tender.
  • Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. Slowly add 1/2 cup of hot pudding to yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs. Slowly whisk egg mixture into remaining pudding in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, 3-5 minutes, until pudding thickens. Remove from heat; stir in cream. Transfer to a shallow dish and chill 4 hours, up to overnight, pressing plastic wrap directly onto the surface to avoid a pudding "skin".
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susan
susan
9 years ago

can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  susan

It is right now!! Run for the kitchen! 😉 

Unhip Squirrel
9 years ago

OMG… I am obsessed with poached eggs!!! Seriously!!! If I am able to successfully do this, you will have changed my life.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Unhip Squirrel

hahah I LOVE your enthusiasm!  🙂 My life has been changed.  I believe yours will be too. 

Zo @ Two Spoons
9 years ago

Awesome! Am so trying this for breakfast, but thanks to you it’ll only take a minute 😀 Would putting a small plate over the ramekin or cup work instead of plastic wrap? 

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

I don’t actually know how that would affect the transfer of heat… you’d could try it, but you’d have to be willing to sacrifice an egg if it doesn’t work!

Zo @ Two Spoons
9 years ago

I don’t think it did, although the yolks did start to go un-runny on the very edges. Might just be my microwave power though. Yay thanks for this, will be such a lifesaver.

Emilia
9 years ago

What a brilliant idea!  I really like eggs, but rarely make them that much because I’m terrified of undercooking them…I’ll definitely have to include this microwave poached egg in my quest to improve my egg-cooking skills.  Seriously amazing 🙂

Judy
Judy
9 years ago

I tried it this morning and yes you did find a easy and quick way to microwave the PERFECT poached egg!  Thanks looks like I will be having poached eggs alot more often.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Great!! 🙂

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Great!! 🙂

Lauren
Lauren
9 years ago

YOU ARE AMAZING!  i absolutely adore poached eggs but i don’t even know how to make them the “old fashioned” way so i can only get them when i go out to restaurants!  for breakfast this morning i had poached eggs and toast and a cup of tea and it was the perfect way to start my day!  you are a genius, i never would’ve thought to add the vinegar…oh by the way, did i mention that i was able to have this fabulous breakfast out of my on-campus college apartment?? yum. 🙂

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

Haha love that I could help! Gee with words like “amazing” and “genius” floating around, I might start to get a big head… 😉

Sweetpeasmommy3
Sweetpeasmommy3
9 years ago

I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

That was delightful! Good call.

dbelle
dbelle
9 years ago

Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  dbelle

I found it didn’t cook as evenly and needed more time when it was uncovered… but I’m glad it worked out for you!!

bullokie
bullokie
9 years ago

This recipe is fantastic. Now to atone to the chicken gods for all the rubbery abominations I’ve microwaved in the past…
Pro tip: if you prick the yolk with a toothpick you reduce the chance of explosion by 63%.

Tiffany Dunois
Tiffany Dunois
9 years ago

I just tried this and it worked out great! I used a a cereal bowl and my microwave is 900volts so it took 45 second then a turn and then another 30. Your times were a great starting point, I didn’t even have one lost egg!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Tiffany Dunois

Glad to hear it, Tiffany!! Enjoy 🙂

Laura Mittelstadt
8 years ago

Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago

Yikes, it exploded?? That hasn’t happened to me in the hundreds of eggs I’ve made this way… glad you gave it a second go, though!

S
S
8 years ago

I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  S

Good to know that they’ll still turn out without the vinegar!! Glad you liked 🙂

Erin Parcher-Wartes
Erin Parcher-Wartes
8 years ago

I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank you thank you thank you! You’ve changed my breakfasting life forever!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago

Hi Erin! Glad you enjoyed!!! Good luck with your sugar detox – sounds… um… fun… 😉

Jay Parnell
Jay Parnell
8 years ago

I aint no cook, but that was awesome. I truly surpassed myself!!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Jay Parnell

Haha glad you enjoyed 🙂

Ash
Ash
8 years ago

Does it need to be white vinegar? I only have malt 🙁 I’m going to try it anyway haha

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Ash

Any acid will do 🙂

Ash
Ash
8 years ago

Turned out great!!

stewball
stewball
8 years ago

I love love love poached eggs. How would I do 3 at a time? Blush!

Seriously Spain
7 years ago

You need to buy a microwave poached egg gadget. I own one. It cost me two dollars and all you do is put the eggs in the plastic base, add the lid and bung them in the microwave Makes awesome eggs perfectly every time and no messing around to ‘get it right’. Nice photos though 🙂

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

What wattage is your microwave? I have a ridiculously weak microwave and the instructions resulted in an overdone egg. Will try again with shorter cooking time.

Jennifer Pallian
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I’m not sure, but it’s new, and seems pretty powerful! Every microwave is different, though. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you – play with the time a bit and I’m sure it will.

susan
susan
9 years ago

can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

Lauren
Lauren
9 years ago

YOU ARE AMAZING!  i absolutely adore poached eggs but i don’t even know how to make them the “old fashioned” way so i can only get them when i go out to restaurants!  for breakfast this morning i had poached eggs and toast and a cup of tea and it was the perfect way to start my day!  you are a genius, i never would’ve thought to add the vinegar…oh by the way, did i mention that i was able to have this fabulous breakfast out of my on-campus college apartment?? yum. 🙂

Sweetpeasmommy3
Sweetpeasmommy3
9 years ago

I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

That was delightful! Good call.

dbelle
dbelle
9 years ago

Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  dbelle

I found it didn’t cook as evenly and needed more time when it was uncovered… but I’m glad it worked out for you!!

bullokie
bullokie
9 years ago

This recipe is fantastic. Now to atone to the chicken gods for all the rubbery abominations I’ve microwaved in the past…
Pro tip: if you prick the yolk with a toothpick you reduce the chance of explosion by 63%.

Tiffany Dunois
Tiffany Dunois
9 years ago

I just tried this and it worked out great! I used a a cereal bowl and my microwave is 900volts so it took 45 second then a turn and then another 30. Your times were a great starting point, I didn’t even have one lost egg!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Tiffany Dunois

Glad to hear it, Tiffany!! Enjoy 🙂

Laura Mittelstadt
8 years ago

Just made this. First try followed the directions exactly but it exploded in my ramekin. Ooops. Second try it worked beautifully except not all the white stayed on the egg even with the vinegar.But of course it tasted amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago

Yikes, it exploded?? That hasn’t happened to me in the hundreds of eggs I’ve made this way… glad you gave it a second go, though!

S
S
8 years ago

I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  S

Good to know that they’ll still turn out without the vinegar!! Glad you liked 🙂

Erin Parcher-Wartes
Erin Parcher-Wartes
8 years ago

I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank you thank you thank you! You’ve changed my breakfasting life forever!

Jay Parnell
Jay Parnell
8 years ago

I aint no cook, but that was awesome. I truly surpassed myself!!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Jay Parnell

Haha glad you enjoyed 🙂

Vic
Vic
8 years ago

No need to fuss with the plastic wrap. Just cover with a dessert sized paper plate.

Ash
Ash
8 years ago

Does it need to be white vinegar? I only have malt 🙁 I’m going to try it anyway haha

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Ash

Any acid will do 🙂

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Ash

Any acid will do 🙂

Ash
Ash
8 years ago

Turned out great!!

stewball
stewball
8 years ago

I love love love poached eggs. How would I do 3 at a time? Blush!

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

What wattage is your microwave? I have a ridiculously weak microwave and the instructions resulted in an overdone egg. Will try again with shorter cooking time.

Jennifer Pallian
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I’m not sure, but it’s new, and seems pretty powerful! Every microwave is different, though. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you – play with the time a bit and I’m sure it will.

plamuk aka travellingchef
plamuk aka travellingchef
4 years ago

It is not necessary to use vinegar when making poached eggs. The vinegar `hardens` the outside of egg white when they come in contact with each other. A large pan, as suggested for making poached eggs on the stove top is not needed. Use a frying pan instead. To make poached eggs on the stove top, use really fresh eggs. Have the water on hard simmer, crack an egg into a slotted spoon and allow any runny white to drop through. Then, gently lower the egg into the simmering water and cook to required doneness. Simple, no muss, no fuss, no FEAR of anything going wrong.

`nuf sed. Plamuk aka travellingchef

Unhip Squirrel
2 years ago

OMG… I am obsessed with poached eggs!!! Seriously!!! If I am able to successfully do this, you will have changed my life.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Unhip Squirrel

hahah I LOVE your enthusiasm!  :-) My life has been changed.  I believe yours will be too. 

susan
susan
2 years ago

can’t believe how excited I am to try this. when’s breakfast?

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  susan

It is right now!! Run for the kitchen! ;-) 

Seriously Spain
7 years ago

You need to buy a microwave poached egg gadget. I own one. It cost me two dollars and all you do is put the eggs in the plastic base, add the lid and bung them in the microwave Makes awesome eggs perfectly every time and no messing around to ‘get it right’. Nice photos though 🙂

S
S
8 years ago

I just made two poached eggs using this method but skipped the vinegar since I didn’t have any. They turned out beautifully and were not even a stringy mess! Thank you!!!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  S

Good to know that they’ll still turn out without the vinegar!! Glad you liked 🙂

Sweetpeasmommy3
Sweetpeasmommy3
9 years ago

I am Thrilled with this AMAZING idea of yours!  Thank you so much!  I ran to my micro ~ followed your instructions exactly and I now have a beautiful, buttery poached egg sitting a top a perfectly toasted english muffin! 

Judy
Judy
9 years ago

I tried it this morning and yes you did find a easy and quick way to microwave the PERFECT poached egg!  Thanks looks like I will be having poached eggs alot more often.

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Great!! 🙂

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Great!! 🙂

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

That was delightful! Good call.

Lauren
Lauren
2 years ago

YOU ARE AMAZING!  i absolutely adore poached eggs but i don’t even know how to make them the “old fashioned” way so i can only get them when i go out to restaurants!  for breakfast this morning i had poached eggs and toast and a cup of tea and it was the perfect way to start my day!  you are a genius, i never would’ve thought to add the vinegar…oh by the way, did i mention that i was able to have this fabulous breakfast out of my on-campus college apartment?? yum. 🙂

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Lauren

Haha love that I could help! Gee with words like “amazing” and “genius” floating around, I might start to get a big head… 😉

Tiffany Dunois
Tiffany Dunois
2 years ago

I just tried this and it worked out great! I used a a cereal bowl and my microwave is 900volts so it took 45 second then a turn and then another 30. Your times were a great starting point, I didn’t even have one lost egg!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Tiffany Dunois

Glad to hear it, Tiffany!! Enjoy 🙂

dbelle
dbelle
2 years ago

Delicious. This was my first time making poached eggs at home. Loved it. Also, I didn’t have plastic wrap so I left it uncovered, and it still worked beautifully!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  dbelle

I found it didn’t cook as evenly and needed more time when it was uncovered… but I’m glad it worked out for you!!

Emilia
2 years ago

What a brilliant idea!  I really like eggs, but rarely make them that much because I’m terrified of undercooking them…I’ll definitely have to include this microwave poached egg in my quest to improve my egg-cooking skills.  Seriously amazing 🙂

Erin Parcher-Wartes
Erin Parcher-Wartes
2 years ago

I typically eat breakfast in my office (gym schedule precludes eating earlier). So here I sit at work, Day 1 of sugar detox, with my avocado & simple cabbage slaw on my plate, and one raw egg, thinking I’ll find a way (online) to scramble my egg in the microwave. Thank goodness I came across your recipe instead! I had no vinegar, no ramekin, no plastic wrap. But I had water, an egg, a glass bowl & a paper plate to cover it with. I overcooked my egg a tiny bit, but it was still great, and so fast! Thank you thank you thank you! You’ve changed my breakfasting life forever!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Hi Erin! Glad you enjoyed!!! Good luck with your sugar detox – sounds… um… fun… 😉

bullokie
bullokie
2 years ago

This recipe is fantastic. Now to atone to the chicken gods for all the rubbery abominations I’ve microwaved in the past…
Pro tip: if you prick the yolk with a toothpick you reduce the chance of explosion by 63%.

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