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Quick Easy Rice Pudding: Drunken Cherry Not So Hidden Orange Rice Pudding

Quick Easy Rice Pudding: Drunken Cherry Not So Hidden Orange Rice Pudding

Usually the farmers market, a culinary magazine pic, or rando food network show will inspire a food post for me….but not this time. This time it was
BOGO dried fruit at my local Publix grocery store. If you’re not familiar with BuyOneGetOne then you are missing out. And here in Georgia when you buy one at Publix you pay just half price. I will take two of those to go please.

Cherry season is doneskies and were last seen in my neck of the woods (from Washington State’s neck of the woods) at the end of August. The awesome thing about dried fruit is that when your out of season hankering comes along all you have to do is rip open a bag. Cherries are naturally high in sugar and fiber (as well as watchy watchy the snacky snacky) and contain both vitamins A and C. I used whole dried cherries for this recipe but feel free to chop away to have an even distribution of cherry goodness spread throughout your pudding.

Rice pudding is super, super easy. Some people throw it in a crock pot. Some people bake it in the oven. The stove top method works just fine for me and I don’t mind the stirring part. It’s just part of the process. Besides, who doesn’t want the smell of cognac and orange zest and cherries wafting up in their face with each delicate stir? I’ll take that job any day! You will find some recipes calling for eggs, some do not..that’d be mine as well. This pudding gets it’s velvety texture from the constant stirring while the milk is reducing down. Richness is added at the very end once the pudding is done when you add in two tablespoons of cold butter. I finish it like a risotto.

Drunken Cherry Not So Hidden Orange Rice Pudding:


  • 2 Cups Water

  • 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice (I used Jasmine)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 Mini Bottle Grand Marnier (about 1/4 cup)ingredients ricepud lilchefchic

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Orange zest

  • 1

  • /4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

  • 1/2 Vanilla Bean, Pod And Beans Scraped From Pod

  • 5 oz. Dried Cherries, Whole or Chopped (Whatever Your Heart Decides)


  • 4 Cups Milk (I used 2%)

  • 1/4 Cup Sugar


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

Bring water and salt to boil in a 2 qt. saucepan. Add rice, bring back to boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for 15 to 20 minutes until water has cooked out.

While the rice is cooking soak cherries in Grand Marnier and orange juice and zest. Set to side.

In a 3 quart saucepan bring milk, sugar, and vanilla bean (with scraped seeds) to a simmer.

When rice is done boiling add in to 3 simmering cream. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the fruit liquor and add remaining mixture to cream and rice. Continue to simmer on low heat for 18 to 20 minutes or until thickened. It’s important to not let this boil as this could make the milk curdle. Stir frequently. Once pudding is thick and creamy remove from heat, remove vanilla bean, and stir in cold butter. Let sit 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with a drizzle of Grand Marnier fruit juice on top.

My family is not to fond of rice pudding. I mean, I get it. I didn’t have any respect for it until I made it in one of my kitchens for dinner service. It was very similar to this recipe and of course contained liquor. The guests loved it and I secretly did too. Something as simple as rice transformed into something not only comforting but delicately sweet. What are your thoughts on this pudding? Yay or nay? Hit me up below:)

20 thoughts on “Quick Easy Rice Pudding: Drunken Cherry Not So Hidden Orange Rice Pudding”

  • Gotta admit, I’m not a big fan of rice pudding either. It is one of the only things I didn’t like, which to me has always felt weird. I’ve tried on more than one occasion to like it, but with no success.

    Maybe this recipe will finally be the one that will make me like rice pudding. I’m gonna try this one out. And thanks for adding a video, cause I’m not that good in following written instructions, haha. 🙂

    • Thanks Jurgen:) Yeah, my mom thinks rice pudding is like bueno for more for me!:)

  • Interesting recipe. I really like rice pudding so it was great to see it in a recipe. I like the name, it is really creative but I would probably not remember it 🙂 The presentation in the photos look absolutely delicious. The recipe is very easy to follow even for someone who does not spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

    I will definitely give this one a try!

    • lol. It’s o.k. Renton. Just remember the rice pudding part. Ty for the laugh:)

  • Looks Yummy! I have never eaten rice pudding and honestly I am not a good chef. The recipe is really interesting for me because I think the combination of rice, orange juice and vanilla has fresh taste and I am very curious to try it. I will send the link of your recipe to my GF(The most professional chef that I can reach out too. LOL. ) and we will have trying your rice pudding. 

    Thanks for sharing exciting stuff. I’ve already became hungry reading your posts.



    • Hi Albert! I have a chef jacket that says GF too. lol. Thanks for the awesome feedback:) Appreciate it!

  • This sounds absolutely delicious! I agree, spending a few minutes stirring and smelling it would be amazing. Great post 🙂

  • I love rice pudding! My Grandmother use to make it for me when I was a kid (sans liqueur of course). This looks like an excellent recipe since I have only had it with sugar and cinnamon! I will definitely give it a go. Do you think I can use frozen cherries instead of the dried cherries?
    Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • Hey Mike! I don’t think many southerners are fond of rice pudding. I’m gonna guess you (and possibly your grandmother) are not from the south (at least in this area). lol. Of course you can use frozen cherries. You’ll probably have a little more liquid using frozen cherries so it may take a bit longer to thicken. Using frozen, I’d recommend chopping them up rather than using them whole as well.

  • It’s not my pudding of choice but I am intrigued. The liquor element may blush me to try this one. The video helps too!

  • I grew up on simple rice pudding/cinnamon but this sounds delish. Must try this delish recipe 🍚

    • I never had rice pudding until I was the pastry chef for a local restaurant and decided to make rice pudding with Grand Marnier and fresh orange peel. I was hooked after that and made a few rice pudding fans out of my customers. lol

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