6 Creamy, Dreamy Puddings for Valentine's Day
"Thick and creamy and chocolatey. Yum! Made as written, no need to reduce the tahini, can barely taste it." —Buckwheat Queen
Editor's Tip: Toast your own coconut
Spread curls or shreds on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F until golden brown, about four minutes. All out of coconut? Garnish with roasted peanuts instead.
Vanilla Bean Pudding from Scratch
"I've made this about 8 times now... I've done different flavors and had great success. Used brown sugar instead of white for a butterscotchy flavor, added lemon extract and zest for lemon pudding, and added chocolate chips for chocolate pudding. Tonight I made chocolate and put it in a baked pie crust and topped with whipped cream... 3 adults and 2 kids finished it off in 1 sitting." —Sandra
Editor's Tip: Vanilla Variation
The recipe calls for vanilla extract, but you can substitute the same amount of vanilla bean paste to get those subtle vanilla flecks in the pudding.
Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)
"This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!" —PATRICK7
Editor's Tip: Looking for rose water?
The fragrant rose-petal infusion often can be found in small bottles near the almond extract and baking spices, and at Middle Eastern grocery stores.
Chia Seed Pudding
"This is my go-to breakfast. the texture is so much like a tapioca pudding it makes me feel like a kid eating dessert!" —CHEZ ARCTICA
Editor's Tip: Make it dairy-free
Just substitute vanilla-flavored soy, almond, or coconut milk yogurt for the regular yogurt.
Sea Salt Caramel Budino
It sounds fancy, but budino simply means "pudding" in Italian. This one is layered with shortbread crumbs and caramel, so if you dig deep, you get a sweet surprise in every bite. If you like, reserve about 2 tablespoons of the crushed cookies to sprinkle on top.
Chocolate-Mocha Pots de Crème (Cream Pots)
"This dessert made me look like a total star at a party I hosted. I made and chilled it the night before" —Esmee Williams
Editor's Tip: Cool curl trick
Buy the thickest milk chocolate bar you can find (we used Hershey’s) and shave curls from its edges with a vegetable peeler.