caramel gateau de riz (caramel rice pudding cake) with rum & raisin

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caramel gateau de riz (caramel rice pudding cake) 
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serve the gateau de riz in slices and spoon over the caramel sauce

My caramel gateau de riz - is a French favourite. A thick and creamy rice pudding cake with a layer of dark caramel sauce. My version is spiked with rum and raisins, orange zest and a hint of perfumed cardamon spice. The addition of rum and raisins is one of my favourite flavour combinations, and the raisins add a lovely sweetness to the rice which only has a small amount of added sugar.

I make this using in a similar way to a risotto; stirring the rice frequently in the milk to help release the starches and create a creamy mixture.

A quick and easy make ahead dessert. A French twist on a classic British rice pudding...or was it the other way around...? I don't mind either way - both are delicious. Bon appetit!

serves 6-8
preparation/cooking time: 30-45 minutes
cooling time: 3-4 hours or overnight


200g short grain/pudding rice
1 litre full fat milk
75g raisins
3 tbs rum (or to taste)
50g sugar
pinch salt
zest of 1 orange 
1 cardamon pod - crushed

for the caramel sauce:

100g sugar
4 tbs water

cooking hints & tips:

you can of course leave the rum out if you don't want it - maybe substitute with a good vanilla extract or vanilla seeds, or I often add a few dashes of orange flower water.

you can substitute some of the milk for cream - up to half and half for a richer gateau.

other delicious spice additions would be cinnamon, nutmeg, and even bay leaves infused in the milk. 


lightly oil a flan/shallow dish (about 10 inches across)

make the caramel by adding the water to the sugar in a pan, gently simmer (without stirring) and watch until it just turns a amber caramel colour - this takes about 5 minutes - but watch carefully as it can take more or less time. Immediately take off the heat and pour very carefully into the bottom of the prepared dish. Leave to one side while you make the rice.

add the milk, crushed cardamon pod, rice, orange zest, pinch of salt and sugar to a large sauce pan and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer and stir frequently. It will take about 25-30 minutes for the rice to cook - you want it soft - but still with a little bite. The rice should have absorbed all of the milk, but not be too dry. If it is - add a splash more milk,

Take off the heat, remove the cardamon pod, stir in the rum and raisins and then pour into the prepared flan dish. Leave to cool before putting into the fridge. Leave for a few more hours/overnight before serving. Turn out onto a large dish. Serve in slices with some of the liquid caramel spooned over the gateau.

recipe also published in The Guardian: Reader's Recipe Swap - Raisins 

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  1. This is a lovely, lovely recipe thank you for linking it to #inheritance recipes

  2. Another great recipe with rum, I'm loving this! :) Thank you for sharing with Inheritance Recipes.

    1. I realise there is a bit of a rum theme - not really a fan of drinking it - but love it in recipes ;)

  3. What a brilliant recipe, it takes rice pudding to a whole new level. Pinning this for later consumption!

    1. i've made it several times already - and another similar version with semolina too :)

  4. I love rice pudding and this recipe sounds an even better version. Maybe my rice pudding hating H might like it if I make it this way. Will Pin to try it out.

    1. Thank you - one of our favourites, and rum & caramel is a great addition too ;)

  5. How timely is this! Been craving something sweet, RICH, and wheat-free ~ your gateau de riz fits the bill. Thank you!

  6. Hi I don't even like rice pudding, but your photos make it look so tempting I might just have to try your recipe.

  7. I agree with Ginger Nutmeg that your photos make this tempting but I really don't like rice pudding, nor rum and raisin, so this isn't something I'd ever think of making! Lol!!! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance to tempt other people!


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