Naughty but Rice Pudding Challenge

Naughty but Rice invited me to try some of their flavoured rice pudding pots in Salted Caramel,  Coconut & Raspberry and tangy Chocolate Orange. I had always thought of rice pudding as the boring sloppy flavourless dessert that we were always served up at school, but these little pots have opened up my eyes into the world of sweet and filling desserts.You can heat them in the microwave or eat them as they are which makes them perfect for your lunchbox.
They also invited me to try making my own flavours of rice pudding and I jumped at the challenge. I tried two different ways of cooking the rice- one on the hob which proved quicker but needed more attention and constant stirring, and the other baked in the oven. Although this took longer, it was easier to leave and was useful for making larger batches leftovers.

My first try was vanilla, and chocolate with some orange zest on top.
Ingredients
100g pudding rice
700ml semi-skimmed milk
75g plain chocolate
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange

Method
Stir the rice with the milk in a medium sized pan over a medium heat. Add the vanilla and reduce the heat, stirring continuously until the rice is soft. Stir in the chocolate until it melts and add the zest.
I also opted to try a coconut version.
Ingredients
100g pudding rice
700ml semi-skimmed milk
75g desiccated coconut
2 tsp vanilla extract
handful of raisins

Method
Stir the rice with the milk in a medium sized pan over a medium heat. Add the vanilla and reduce the heat, stirring continuously until the rice is soft. Stir in the coconut and the raisins to finish.
When I had a little more time at the weekend, I tried baking the rice with rice milk and seeing how it differed. I found the texture more creamy and felt luxurious like the Naughty but Nice pots.
Ingredients
100g pudding rice
700ml rice milk
2 chunks of chocolate per bowl
squeeze of choc shot

Method
Heat the oven to 150c and add the rice into a buttered baking dish. Stir through the milk. Cook for two hours or until the pudding wobbles slightly when shaken. Place a couple of chunks of chocolate into the center of the served up pudding for a nice chocolate surprise and drizzle with a little chocolate.
I found the baked version was also perfect for leftovers....and not just for dessert. I wanted to see how it would work as a breakfast dish - treating it similarly as porridge. I just heated it up in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and added my topping of choice. For me this was either bananas, strawberries and peanut butter, or homemade granola.
What flavour combinations would you try?
Disclaimer: I was given these products for review and recipes, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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