Recipe: Chocolate and ginger rice pudding – The Spinoff

The perfect pud for wrapping up a week of wild weather.

As I type these words the wind, like invisible puppet hands, pushes and pulls orange-brown leaves and they dance across the rain-streaked window panes like little ballerinas. My three kids and I are in isolation. It’s day one. The house has been trashed and I’m not yet sure what will grace the dinner table come five o’clock. But if it all feels too hard then I’ll just serve this chocolate and ginger rice pudding instead. I’m sure the kids won’t mind!


Serves 6-8

  • ⅔ cup rice
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1.25l milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 35g butter, roughly chopped
  • 130g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Put the rice, sugar, vanilla paste and grated ginger into a medium-sized baking dish. Mix well to combine.

Carefully pour in the milk and cream then dot with the butter and dark chocolate.

Put into the oven and bake for 2 hours before serving. Delicious served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a good splash of cream. 

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