Top | Puddings, Custards, and Other Dairy Desserts
(recipe, Caroline Cummins)
This classic dessert is basically just rice cooked in milk instead of water. Yes, you'll have to stand over the stove for half an hour, stirring, but just think of it as meditation time.
If you like, serve the pudding topped with fresh soft fruit, such as berries, bananas, or peaches. For adults, try stirring in a slug of brandy at the end before pouring the pudding into bowls. The Food of Italy suggests adding raisins soaked in brandy or Marsala; for this, soak 2/3 cup raisins in 4 Tbsp. alcohol while you're cooking the pudding, then stir them in just before serving. For an Indian-flavored dessert, replace the vanilla bean with 6 to 8 green cardamom pods. For a tropical treat, replace some of the milk with a can of coconut milk (usually about 14 ounces of coconut milk). Add shredded coconut if desired.