Recipe: Sweet Arancini Balls


We're big fans of mixing things up and confusing the senses... this dish would traditionally be savoury in Italy, but there's no reason why we can't make a sweet version... so we have! :D


  • 1 knob butter
  • 250 g risotto rice
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 400 ml whole milk
  • 1 Other salt
  • 2 Other strawberry jam
  • 2 dollops orange marmalade
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200 g breadcrumbs
  • 6 strawberries
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 handful each dark, milk and white chocolate
start the rice off

Step 1

Start The Rice Off

Melt the butter in a pan, add the rice grains and stir to coat. Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds, adding both the seeds and pod to the rice.

cook the rice

Step 2

Cook The Rice

Mix the cold milk and cream together, adding it into the pan a ladle at a time, stirring Continually and bringing back to a simmer each time. Continue for 20-25 minutes until the rice is plump and cooked, then stir through the pinch of salt. Stir in a beaten egg before transferring to a clean tray to cool.

preheat the oil

Step 3

Preheat The Oil

Heat oil in a fryer at 180°C (or a pan if you do not have one but never leave it unattended).

mould the arancini

Step 4

Mould The Arancini

Wet your hands and mould some cooled risotto into a cupped hand. Put a tablespoon of jam/marmalade/honey into the cupped rice. Take a little rice and place on top to make a lid. Press the rice into a ball and make sure there is no filling showing. Repeat to shape all of the rice, using the different fillings.

breadcrumb the rice balls

Step 5

Breadcrumb The Rice Balls

Dip your balls in flour, beaten egg then breadcrumbs to coat. Lower into the oil carefully and roll them over in the oil occasionally until they are golden all over, this will take about 5 minutes.

prepare the fruit

Step 6

Prepare The Fruit

Segment the orange and cut each piece in half. Hull and quarter the strawberries and slice the grapes.

melt the chocolate for dips

Step 7

Melt The Chocolate For Dips

Melt the dark, milk and white chocolate in separate bowls in the microwave and pour into small dishes to serve.

serve up!

Step 8

Serve Up!

Drain the arancini on kitchen roll and serve with the melted chocolate sauces and an assortment of the chopped fruit salad. Serves 4

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