Apricot & orange rice pudding

Apricot & orange rice pudding

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4

Rice pudding with a fruity zing - made in the microwave

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal325
  • fat4g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 200g pudding rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 600ml skimmed milk
  • big pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp clear honey, plus extra to serve
  • 140g ready-to-eat dried apricot, roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 4 tbsp reduced-fat fromage frais
  • handful toasted sliced almonds


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    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…


  1. Put the rice, milk and nutmeg into a large microwaveable bowl. Cover with cling film, pierce it, then cook on High for 5 mins. Stir and leave to stand for 1 min, then return to the microwave for a further 5-6 mins or until the rice is cooked and all the milk absorbed. Remove from the microwave and stand for a further 2 mins.

  2. Put the honey, apricots and orange juice into another microwaveable bowl and cook on High for 1 min until the apricots have plumped up. Stir the syrupy apricots, fromage frais and a pinch of orange zest into the rice. Serve straight away in bowls, topped with a sprinkling of almonds, a little more orange zest and a drizzle of honey to taste.

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sarahwhiddett's picture
1st Dec, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous. I don't have a microwave so I just followed the instructions for rice pudding then added the apricots which I brought to the boil in a small saucepan then turned the heat off and left them in the pan for a couple of hours (though they probably would have been fine with less time). I then just heated them through before serving. Will definitely be doing this again.
30th Jul, 2013
Any thoughts on the cooking times if u don't have a microwave?
13th Oct, 2011
Uninspiring. Also, the cooking time given is much shorter than what was required, I had to cook for approx. 18 minutes. I wouldn't bother with this again: it's never going to be as cook as proper rice pud but if this is as good as a microwave can do I won't be trying it again.
16th Jun, 2011
As a joke on a slow work day my boss asked me to make this in the microwave at work. Its not the best rice pudding and could have used a bit more milk to soften the rice more but it all got eaten and nobody complained!
7th Jun, 2011
Just made this and really disappointed with it - in fact i's gone in the bin. Like FastAl says the rice does not cook properly in the microwave and it was a total disaster. I'm surprised because normally the recipes on this website are winners but not this time :-(
10th Nov, 2008
I tried this last night, but it did not work for me. I did not feel the pudding rice cooked properly in the microwave and felt the orange flavour too strong - did not work with the fromage frais. There are much better rice pudding recipes on this sight.
5th Nov, 2007
Lovely recipe, I add extra dried fruit & Orange juice. YUMMY hot or cold!
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26th Aug, 2016
This recipe is very poor because the cooking times for the basic rice pudding are way out and the method is rubbish. I was suspicious of the cooking time from the start because I cook porridge using 60g of oats, 500ml of water and a 1000W microwave, This takes around 10 min, so obviously 200g of rice in 600ml of milk isn't going to cook in 11 min. In fact after 5 min it hadn't even come to the boil. The required cooking time is around 20 to 25 min, depending on how soft you want your rice. Secondly, don't cover the bowl with cling film. You can't see what it's doing; it will simply boil over, and what do you do then? You have to wrestle with hot, limp, wet cling film in order to stir it. Cook uncovered, and when it boils up give it a good stir or hand whisk to knock out the bubbles. If it becomes too thick due to evaporation add boiling water.
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