* A quick note on sugar: I don’t like my rice pudding to be super sweet, so I only add 1/3 cup of sugar. It has a lot of natural sweetness from the milk and rice starches. But if you prefer a sweeter pudding (especially if you won’t be topping it with something sweet), feel free to increase this amount, to taste.
** If you use a very wide pot, you may need to top it off with a little more water as the second rice addition cooks (because more water will evaporate). Keep an eye on it, and if it starts to look too dry, feel free to add a few tablespoons of water at a time. On the other hand if it is too thin (perhaps because your pot is very narrow), feel free to cook it a bit longer to reduce down further.
Toppings and flavorings:
- Levantine rice pudding: Stir into the pot rosewater or orange blossom water (to taste—add it 1 teaspoon at a time, and taste as you go). Sprinkle bowls with some bright green ground pistachios and/or edible dried rose petals.
- Cinnamon walnut: Sprinkle bowls with a mixture of chopped walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon
- Strawberry sumac: See this oatmeal post and top bowls with macerated strawberries (sumac optional)
- Thai mango sticky rice: Optionally make your rice pudding with “coconut beverage” (not the kind of coconut milk from a can, but the kind from a carton), top bowls with sliced mango and sesame seeds.
- Vanilla biscoff: Stir in a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste, top bowls with biscoff crumbles.