From time to time and even on hot summer days, I do crave a delicious bowl of Rice Pudding. There are many recipes for rice pudding, but I will never get tired of the Haitian Rice Pudding recipe. You know which one I am referring to and thinking about right now! Yes! The one with rum! “Rhum Barbancourt” to be exact. Yummy!
Haitians, in general, are not alcoholics just because we love our rum. We are very proud to have such an excellent product. The rum Barbancourt is a product that speaks for itself. Below are a couple of reviews I found online at http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-4442.aspx:
“The look, taste feel, after burn, precludes that of any other rum I’ve tasted. It truly is one in a category of its own…. light soft…which allows the flavors too, even more, speculate through. When you read of the whole process of how it becomes an end product. How much time and patience is endured in creating what I can only say as nectar to the gods…of light fruity, not too offensive taste in your mouth. – Anthony from London Bridge, 16th Jun ’13”
Very few people know of Haitian rum, which is a shame because, in my opinion, they make the best Rum in the world! It is strong and smooth enough to drink alone or on ice.
I feel so proud and on cloud nine with this recipe. In my opinion cooking with this rum is a wonderful way to spice up a dish. I still remember my Dad adding it to many of his recipes.
But let’s go back to my Rice Pudding. I have been making this rice pudding my whole life, with or without the soaked raisins. My preferred way is of course with the raisins soaked in rum. How did you guess?
My recipe is very generic and simple for Caribbean people of course because we add all the usual spices, cinnamon, anise star, nutmeg, ginger, and lime rind. The special ingredient, soaked raisins is just a treat. To other cultures, I believe it is always good to try new recipes.
Have fun trying my Rice Pudding recipe and let me know what you think. Don’t forget the rum!