Almond Amaretto Chocolate Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is a classic dish, which I used to find awfully bland and boring. I then thought that it didn't need to be like that, so I combined my two favourite things, amaretto and chocolate and concocted a recipe for this gorgeous rice pudding which will convert even the skeptics into rice pudding lovers.

On to the recipe: (Makes 4 portions)

100g pudding rice
900ml milk (preferably whole fat) 
6 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla essence 
1 tsp almond flavouring 
4 tbsp ground/flaked almonds 
30ml amaretto liqueur
double cream (to loosen the mixture if needed) 

1.Heat the milk up in a large pan with caster sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and almond extract until the cocoa powder has dissolved and it resembles hot chocolate
2. Add the pudding rice and stir over a medium heat 
3. After 10 minutes add the amaretto liqueur 
4. Leave on the heat for approximately 30 minutes more, stiring consistently every 5 minutes (so it doesn't stick) 
5. One you get the desired consistency (thick but pour-able) remove from heat (you can loosen the mixture with double cream if it is too thick) 
6. In a un-oiled pan lightly fry the ground/flaked almonds for a minute or so, until they are slightly golden. 
7.Optionally, place into a ramekin (which I found is easier to re-heat) and top with the almonds

 There you have it, a rich chocolaty almond dessert, Enjoy xx


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