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Coffee Risotto Recipe

By Two Dollar Dinners by Paul Gaylor (Artus Books)

Aromatic arborio rice, coffee, and orange juice make an irresistable risotto for a deliciously different dessert. A bit of rum adds a burst of flavor, but you may omit it, if you wish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 orange, shredded zest and juice
  • 1/2 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups milk regular or low fat
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or nonfat equivalent
  • 3 Tablespoons rum (optional)


Put the coffee and orange juice in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the rice and let soak for 5 minutes.

Return the pan to heat and add the milk and vanilla extract. Cook over low heat until rice is tender, but still slightly firm to the bite.

Remove from heat, add sugar, orange zest, butter, cream, and rum (if using); stir through gently and serve at once.

Yield: 2 cups

Recipe Source: Two Dollar Dinners by Paul Gaylor (Artus Books), out of print
Reprinted with permission.

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