Rice pudding is a simple comfort food, but that simplicity means that it can be tricky. Choose ingredients carefully and cook them gently for a dish that is creamy yet retains some of the texture of the rice.

Rice pudding involves very few ingredients, so choose them with thought. Pay special attention to the two components that contribute to texture: rice and dairy.

Cooking rice pudding accomplishes two goals: It softens the rice and thickens the custard. Focusing on these aspects separately enables you to get each one just right.