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Rice Pudding, Classic to Creative

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A classic, creamy vanilla rice pudding is the ultimate comfort dessert. That said, there’s nothing like mixing it up to add new dimensions of flavor and texture–from transforming it into crisp-edged fritters to infusing it with exotic spices. You never knew rice pudding could be this exciting!

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    Classic Rice Pudding

    This pudding gets its super-creamy texture from a combination of whole milk, eggs, and medium-grain rice (which releases just the right amount of starch to thicken the pudding). Bonus points for flavoring it with real vanilla bean.
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    Gingered Crème Caramel Rice Pudding

    Rice pudding infused with fresh ginger gets a caramel coating like the classic French dessert.
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    Cardamom Rice Pudding

    Many cultures have a traditional rice pudding, and this version from India is ultrarich and creamy, thanks to its unusual cooking method: The milk is reduced and thickened before the rice is added. Cinnamon, cardamom, and jaggery (raw cane or palm sugar) add wonderful aromatic notes; brown sugar is a good substitute for the jaggery, if you can’t find it. Because this dish is so rich, servings should be small.

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    Baked Brown-Rice Pudding

    This baked pudding gets a heartier texture and nutty flavor from brown rice, and it's enhanced with a crunchy sugared-walnut topping.
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    Coffee Rice Pudding

    Go ahead, make this coffee-infused rice pudding your breakfast (we won't tell).
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    Slow-Cooker Citrus Lemongrass Rice Pudding

    For a super hands-off take on rice pudding, make it in the slow cooker. The steady, low heat is perfect for producing a creamy pudding without scorching or curdling the custard.
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    Chocolate Rice Pudding Parfait

    This elegant riff on rice pudding from pastry chef Pierre Hermé layers a traditional chocolate rice pudding with cream-cheese mousse and tops it all off with caramelized Rice Krispies.
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    Calas (Rice Fritters)

    This classic New Orleans dessert is basically balls of rice pudding fried until crisp, drizzled with cane syrup. It's also a great way to use leftover rice.
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