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Slow-Cooker Salted Caramel Rice Pudding
Slow-Cooker Salted-Caramel Rice Pudding PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Rice pudding is the underdog of the dessert world. Constantly overshadowed by more popular treats (whatever, cookies and cake), this rich and comforting recipe deserves more attention. Case in point: This slow-cooker salted-caramel rice pudding, which basically cooks itself.

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Makes 6 to 8 servings

¾ cup long-grain white rice

1 cup prepared caramel sauce, plus more for serving (store-bought is fine)

3 cups whole milk

3 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

Flaky sea salt, as needed for finishing

1. Grease the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Pour the rice into the base of the slow cooker. Add the caramel sauce and milk, and stir to combine.

3. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and is creamy and tender, about 4 hours.

4. Stir in the butter, vanilla extract and salt. Mix well to combine.

5. The rice pudding can be served now, warm, or chilled and served cold. Serve garnished with chopped pecans, a drizzle of caramel sauce and a pinch of flaky sea salt. The leftover rice pudding will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to five days.

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