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Comforting Rice Pudding

There’s a lot of comfort in traditional rice pudding, a dish that can also help settle the stomach and satisfy a sweet need. Try substituting one cup of coconut milk for one cup of regular milk for an exotic flavor.

Ingredients you'll need:

  • 1⁄2 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds (optional)
  • 3 1⁄2 cups cooked medium or long-grain rice, at room temperature (Arborio rice preferred)
  • 2 1⁄2 cups milk
  • 2 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup light agave nectar
  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How to prepare:

  1. In a bowl, place the raisins and cover with the water. Let sit until plumped, 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until golden and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the rice, milk, cream, agave nectar and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring, over medium heat.
  4. Reduce the heat slightly to maintain a low simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the mixture starts to thicken, about 30 minutes.
  5. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking, until a spoon is just able to stand up in the pudding, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the raisins, almonds, and remaining ingredients. Serves 6.
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