The Basics: How to Make Rice Pudding

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

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  • • a medium saucepan
  • • a quart of whole milk
  • • a cup of uncooked white long-grain, white short-grain, or Arborio rice
  • • a handful of granulated sugar
  • • a pinch of salt
  • • optional: a quarter teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract, chopped nuts, dried fruit, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, brown sugar, honey, or any combination of these

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Rice Pudding