Rice is one of the staple ingredients in my cupboard, and in most cases, I use it for savory dishes. But there are moments when I use it for desserts and mix it up with flavors I love.
One of my all-time favorite rice pudding flavors is chocolate because I grew up with it. It is easy and simple to make, with straightforward chocolate and rice flavors. But this time I used dark chocolate and candied orange peel. And for a more intense touch of orange, add a splash of Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur. Imagine the orange accent you taste with every spoonful you eat. Delicious.
Dark chocolate rice pudding with candied orange peel recipe
Serves 2 – 3
Prep time: 3 minutes | Cook time: 22 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes
- 1 cup uncooked rice, like Arborio
- 4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons candied orange peel, finely chopped, plus a few strips for garnish
- 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons Cointreau or similar orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
- To a medium pot over high heat, add the rice, milk and sugar, and bring it to a boil. When boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender with a creamy consistency. Stir occasionally.
- Add the chocolate, 2 tablespoons of candied orange peel and the Cointreau (if using), and mix well until the chocolate has completely melted and is mixed with the rice.
- Transfer to individual bowls, and garnish with the remaining chopped candied orange peel and strips.