This dense, creamy pudding is cooked with sweet spices and fruit. Enjoy it warm or cold, and top it with fruit for a simple dessert.
Adapted from the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
The key to good rice pudding is its texture. So for the best rice pudding, cook it slowly. Overcooked pudding will have the texture of a solid mass rather than the creamy mixture that makes this dessert so desirable. Long-grained rice works best; try basmati, jasmine, or popcorn rice for even more variety.
This recipe was featured on Martha Stewart Living TV.
If you want this dish ahead of time, simmer the rice for 15 minutes. When ready to serve, return to a simmer, and cook for five to 10 minutes more before adding the cream. If too much of the milk has been absorbed to bring back to a simmer you may add a little more.