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Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and butter a wide 1.5-litre ovenproof baking dish. Put the butter, sugar, cardamom, pudding rice and milk in a saucepan and bring gently to the boil, stirring to help the sugar dissolve. Add the cream, a pinch of salt, orange zest and vanilla and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 4 mins, stirring, until you can feel that the rice grains have become slightly swollen. Pour into the buttered baking dish and bake for 2 hrs, uncovered. The rice should be cooked but not dry or sticky. It might need a little longer, but keep an eye on it.
Meanwhile, make the compote. Heat the orange juice, pomegranate juice, molasses, honey and sugar, stirring to help the sugar dissolve. Simmer for 8 mins until reduced slighty. Transfer to a jug. If you have more than 300ml, reduce it by boiling a bit more. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Strain, cover and chill in the fridge.
Cut the top and bottom off the oranges to form a flat base. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut away the pith and peel. Cut the fruit into slices, catching any juice if you can (add it to the syrup). Put the oranges in a bowl, pour on the syrup and serve with the rice pudding.