A delicious old-fashioned warm dessert.


  • 50 g short grain white rice
  • 2 tblsp caster sugar
  • 500 ml milk
  • 0.5 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 orange (rind and juice)
  • 25 g butter
  • pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Put the rice and sugar into a greased, ovenproof dish.
  2. Pour in the milk, mixed with the vanilla essence, add the orange rind and juice, and stir well.
  3. Cut the butter into tiny pieces and dot on top of the liquid.
  4. Sprinkle the nutmeg over it and bake in a low oven, 150C (300F, gas 2) for two hours, or until the rice is set and a pale golden colour.
  5. This can also be made in the microwave, but it won't have the lovely brown topping: Place all the ingredients, except the butter, in a deep microwave dish.
  6. Dot with the butter and sprinkle with the nutmeg.
  7. Bring to the boil by cooking on 'high' for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir, then cook on 'medium' for 30 - 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  9. Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving.