Coconut Rice Pudding with Raspberries

Rice pudding was always my father's favorite dessert. He liked it with raisins and always mixed soft butter with brown sugar and cinnamon and loaded it on top of his pudding....letting it melt all through. I know, calories, calories. But he lived to his mid 90's and weighed himself every morning of his life. 

                                                                                      Dad and I, Ft. Lauderdale, 1954

So while I wanted to make rice pudding in his honor for Father's Day, I decided not to use my mother's recipe but make a more contemporary version with fresh raspberries and coconut. 
No, I have no plans on adding brown sugar and butter to this! :)

Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there. I sure miss mine!

Coconut Rice Pudding with Raspberries

Martha Stewart Living, June 2013 issue

Ingredients for the rice:
1/2 cup short grain rice, washed well
3/4 cup water

Ingredients for the puddings:

3 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scrapped
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 pint ripe or overripe raspberries
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted, for garnish

Method for cooking rice:
Place rice and water in a small pot with tight lid and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat but keep lid on. Let rice steam for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Cool.

Method for Pudding:
Preheat oven to 325 and bring a kettle of water to boil. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Add coconut, half and half, coconut milk and cooked and cooled rice. Divide mixture among ramekins in a roasting pan. Pour hot water to reach half way up the sides. Bake 20 minutes, then stir to distribute rice evenly. Divide raspberries among the puddings. Bake until puddings are set and barely wobbley. 18 to 20 minutes more. Cool a little, and garnish with coconut flakes.


  1. A delightful pudding and combination!

    This is such a lovely of your parents.



  2. what beautiful photo of you and your Dad :)
    this is a lovely dessert Barbara:)

  3. That's a lovely picture! I am a huge fan of rice pudding and this looks like a really delicious version. I have to try the butter and sugar melting through though!

  4. cool pic of you and your dad....
    rice pudding...my oldest loves them....i like the add of coconut too....mmm...

  5. You look so much like your dad in that pic! Lovely dessert. I am ever so fond of rice pudding. It is the quintessential comfort food, isn't it!!!!

  6. Oh that sounds wonderful. I'm not a fan of rice pudding, but I might have to try this anyway. What a lovely candid photo of you and your father!

  7. Good Evening Barbara, What a lovely tribute to your father. I have never used coconut milk in rice pudding, but I am certainly going to give this a try as I love rice pudding.... with a spoonful of home made jam of course.
    Best Wishes

  8. thanks for sharing the great photo of you and your dad. I'm bookmarking this one---Bill is crazy for coconut. A dreamy dessert, not too difficult, and a bit elegant.

  9. love the pic of you and your Dad. I lived in Ft. Lauderdale for about 10 years....

    My Dad liked rice pudding also. I just lost him last year...

    I'll have to try this in honor of both of them....

  10. Dear Barbara sorry by mine mistakes comments in the.morning I was in my phone I do.t know what happens, thanks by fix it :)

  11. Such a delicious recipe - and a wonderful photos :)
    Mary x

  12. Father's Day can be bittersweet for those of us who had a great dad, who is no longer with us. I'll be thinking of my dad too, Barbara.

  13. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. I hope this pudding makes it a little sweeter for you.

  14. I love the combo of rice and coconut! They look delicious, Barbara.

  15. That picture is a treasure. I love it. I also adore coconut in anything, so this one's a keeper.

  16. rice pudding? meh. coconut rice pudding? yeah, i could do that. :)

  17. I love your makeover of rice pudding :D


  18. I would take a least a serving of each recipe!

  19. I'm sure your dad would have loved your version of this just as much! It sounds so delightful!

  20. A wonderful tribute to your father, Barbara. The two if you look so happy together. I've never made rice pudding but yours makes me want to try it!

  21. Your father had a good taste for food. Just reading his version of this dessert made me crave it, may his soul rest in peace.
    The coconut rice pudding looks great and I'm sure it tasted even better :)

  22. I made these tasty desserts & they were fabulous, Barbara!

    They were superb! MMMMMMMMMMM!



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