Mangia: Chocolate Rice Pudding.


You know when you're in a restaurant and someone else's food goes past the table? That moment when whatever they are having looks really, really good and you say a little prayer that yours is going to look just as good too? Or you slightly regret not ordering what they are having and you end up watching them for signs of it being the best thing ever when they dig in? I mean you've already stared at them long enough already, so you may as well see if they like it right?! 


Well, we can't help but do that when we're serving lunch at work. We have a great cook, who always makes such delicious food and one of the dishes that always goes down a treat with the kids is her rice pudding. We've been saying for ages that we wanted to make it and finally we did! Last week we tried a recipe with coconut milk. It was nice, just a tad sweet and we didn't feel the consistency was right. So, we tried again this week with a recipe that popped into our heads to make it extra fun and we used the method the cook at work uses. It's super simple! 


What you need: 

65g or 1/2 cup of pudding rice.
50g or 1/3 cup of sugar.
1 liter of chocolate milk. 

What to do:

Bring the milk to a boil in a pan. 

Once boiled, add the sugar and the rice and stir.

Keep it on a high heat for 15 mins - we did this just to be quick, as we made it after work, but once it's boiled and if you have all day, you can reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for a few hours. 

Reduce to a simmer and leave for an hour and 15 minutes, until the rice is tender. Stirring occasionally. 

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. 

You can eat it hot or wait for it to cool, if you prefer your rice pudding cold. 

Notes: 

The longer you leave the rice pudding to simmer, the creamier it will be.

You don't have to put it in the oven. The lady at work doesn't, but we love it when it forms the skin on top, as it reminds us of when a family friend used to make it for us as kids. 

This was a quick version, like we mentioned before we did it after work, so you can adjust your times accordingly. The higher the heat, the quicker it cooks. Just keep stirring every now and again. 

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Do you like rice pudding? What flavour would you try?

Buon Appetito!



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