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Comfort food taken to a higher level. This is from Organic Style magazine's "Fresh Meals" cookbook, I've modified it slightly to include the orange (if I hadn't been bringing it to work, Grand Marnier would have made it in to the ingredient list somewhere). I was not orginally looking for a potluck dish, but this looked so good and so simple, I thought I could bring it to work for one of our potlucks. I didn't think it would do well in the competition we always have, but it won first place! I quadrupled the recipe and served in individual cups, it wasn't much extra work than making a "regular size" batch (regular size is how I've submitted the recipe), my water bath was just simply what might work for my quantity, I didn't follow the 2 cups water step exactly. Prep time includes 20 minutes to make rice.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 4 ounces sweet dark chocolate squares, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups cooked rice, cooled slightly (an arborio rice works well, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
- 3⁄4 cup sugar, plus
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 orange, zest of
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1⁄2 pint raspberries (I used frozen, thawed)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Fill a large baking pan with 2 cups water and have a 1½-quart baking dish ready, but do not grease it.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the half-&-half and the chocolate, stirring, until the chocolate is melted--about 3 to 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine the rice, ¾ c sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, orange zest and beaten eggs.
- Whisk the chocolate half-&-half mixture into the rice mixture, combine well.
- Pour pudding into the baking dish and place the baking dish in the water filled pan.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, place the berries into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
- Place the puréed raspberries in a small bowl with the remaining 2 TBSP sugar and the balsamic vinegar, mixing well.
- To serve, spoon the sauce over the warm or chilled pudding.