Just about all of us have rice sitting in our pantries right now. And at least some of us cook with it regularly. Rice often plays a supporting role in our dinners and lunches—sometimes, even our breakfasts. But too rarely does it make its way into our desserts. Yes, rice does savory really, really well. But it can just as easily act as the base for a seriously sweet treat—just ask the myriad rice pudding recipes in the zeitgeist right now.
For the uninitiated, rice pudding looks like a thick, creamy porridge. Imagine oatmeal made from fluffy, chewy rice—and paired with delicately sweet flavors, like coconut and vanilla. The dessert is thick, but it’s not quite as solid as pudding. And it tastes delightful, whether served cold or hot. Of course, flavors and textures can vary from recipe to recipe—but that’s the case with just about any dish. Some variations call for it to be baked like an almost crumbly casserole, while others will prepare it more like a chia pudding.
While rice pudding is decidedly delicious, its greatest strength isn’t its flavor—but instead, how ridiculously easy it is to whip up. Many rice pudding recipes call for a mere handful of ingredients, and most of them are things you probably already have. Got rice, eggs, milk, butter, and sugar? Congratulations, you’re well on your way to making a rice pudding. If you want to get a little fancy, you can absolutely do that. But this