A handful of rice and a whole lot of milk make magic in the oven. A whole vanilla pod flavors the pudding, and the entire thing is topped with a cherry syrup spiked with rum. It's comfort in a dish.
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It's always a treat when you can combine tart and sweet elements in one dessert. This rice pudding from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts does just that. Creamy rice pudding and sweet white chocolate blend well with a citrusy cherry sauce.
For those chilly nights ahead: a warm bowl of creamy chocolate rice pudding made with short to medium grain rice.
I couldn't help but think of the stereotypical fiery Latin temperament when I was making this recipe. Arroz con leche (riz au lait or rice pudding), is such a languid, drowsy, gentle thing, so tender it's even suitable for those with smooth gums and weak constitutions, and yet, it is among the most well-liked and frequently made desserts throughout Latin America. Maybe we're all bark and no bite.
You either love it or you hate it, but if you're in the former camp, then rice pudding is one of the creamiest, most comforting desserts around. Will rice pudding ever take off like cupcakes and pie? Is there room for gourmet rice pudding? Here are some of our favorite rice puddings to make at home.
Arroz con mango (rice with mango) is a Latin American expression used to describe something messy or mismatched. For example, if you go to a party and find a random assortment of guests there, you'd say it was an arroz con mango. Imagine my surprise when I had mango sticky rice at a Thai restaurant and discovered the combination to be more a match made in heaven than a sloppy mash-up.
Lately I've been starting and ending my days with Pulut Hitam, a Malaysian/Indonesian pudding of black glutinous rice and coconut milk that's so nourishing yet indulgent, it doubles as breakfast and dessert. The pairing of rice and coconut, a classic combination in Southeastern Asian sweets, is especially satisfying when using black rice instead of the usual white.
Rice pudding is not a complicated dessert to make from scratch. That's putting it mildly—all you do is simmer rice, milk, and sugar in a pot on the stove. But for all its simplicity, rice pudding isn't a quick...