While orange may not be the first flavor to come to mind when you think of pudding, the zesty citrus flavors of orange are quite complementary with sweet puddings. This classic combination has spawned a broad assortment of orange pudding recipes, from puddings flavored with juice to ambrosia-like puddings with mandarin orange segments and even chocolate and orange combinations.
Chocolate Orange Pudding
This decadent chocolate pudding is made for adults with its deep cocoa tones. A hint of orange flavor is a welcome surprise and pairs beautifully with the chocolate.
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 drops pure orange oil
- Combine the sugar, cocoa, arrowroot, salt, eggs and milk in a saucepan.
- Slowly heat the mixture until it begins to boil.
- Stir in the melted chocolate.
- Bring the mixture back to a boil, scraping down the sides frequently. The pudding will gradually darken in color as it cooks.
- Lower the heat and continue to stir for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pudding coats the back of the spoon.
- Stir in the butter, vanilla and orange oil.
- Transfer to bowls or glasses and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour.
- Serve with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Orange Steamed Pudding Recipe
A steamed pudding is a traditional, solid pudding that uses bread or grains to help hold it together. It may be baked, boiled or steamed to get its final texture. To incorporate orange flavoring into a steamed pudding, consider adding both fresh juice or extract and orange pieces of some kind, like candied peels or slices. The pudding is sliced and similar in texture to a cake, so the hidden bits of orange really get a chance to shine. This traditional style pudding incorporates the flavors of orange in three ways: with juice, candied peel and marmalade.
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/2 cup candied orange peel
- 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade
- 1 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs
- Mix together the baking soda and orange juice. Set aside.
- Beat the butter, sugar and salt together until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time until well incorporated.
- Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour the mixture into a greased mold.
- Place the lid on the mold and set the mold inside a deep pot.
- Pour in water to reach half-way up the mold inside the pot.
- Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Steam the mold for approximately 2 hours, adding additional boiling water as needed to keep the level even.
- Cool the pudding for 5 minutes before loosening from the mold. Serve warm with fresh cream.
Orange Pudding Pie
This traditional cornstarch pudding is served in a pie plate filled with fresh oranges and topped with baked meringue.
- 3 cups milk
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 7 oranges, segmented
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Mix together 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 3 egg yolks.
- Heat the milk in the top half of a double boiler.
- Stir in the egg and sugar mixture, along with the lemon and vanilla extracts.
- Mix together the cornstarch and water in a bowl until smooth.
- Add the cornstarch to the double boiler and stir until thickened.
- Allow the mixture to cool.
- Place the orange segments on the bottom of a pie plate and pour the remaining granulated sugar on top.
- Spoon the pudding mixture onto the oranges.
- Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar and confectioner's sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon the meringue onto the pudding.
- Bake at 300 degrees until the meringue is lightly browned.
Include Orange Flavor in Your Pudding
There are numerous ways to infuse your pudding with the zesty flavor of orange. Try any of these additives to your favorite pudding recipe to add some flavor and depth:
- Stir in orange zest
- Add 4 to 5 drops of pure orange oil
- Add 1 teaspoon of orange extract
- Stir in 1/4 cup of orange juice
- Fold in mandarin orange segments
- Top with pieces of candied orange peel
While pudding can be served in cups and garnished with orange peels or chocolate pieces, it can also be served in other ways. Try one of these presentations to make your orange pudding a success:
- Place orange segments on the bottom of a pie plate. Pour the pudding on the oranges and top with either whipped cream or baked meringue. Slice and serve like a pie.
- Layer pieces of fresh orange, orange zest or candied peel in a glass with the pudding. Alternate pudding and orange until you reach the top of the glass. Garnish with an extra piece of orange.
- Beat a small amount of orange extract or oil into whipped cream. Use the slightly tinted and orange flavor cream as a topping for the pudding.
Add Some Zest to Your Pudding
Orange is a surprising flavor in many pudding dishes. Add a little lift to your traditional puddings by giving them the flavor of fresh orange.