Now we’ve put the clocks back and the weather has a freshness to it, I start to think about my favorite way of cooking. Comfort food, whether its braises. slow cooking, soups or warming desserts like this one.

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Serves 4 to 6

2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups whole milk
1 3/4 cups (1 x 13.5 oz can) coconut milk
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice, like jasmine
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup peeled, finely grated carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon, plus more for garnish
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup raisins

In a 4 quart heavy-bottomed pot set over high heat, bring 2 1/2 cups milk, coconut milk, rice and salt to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low, add the grated carrot and simmer, stirring often and slowly adding up to 1 cup of the remaining milk, until the rice is tender, 20 – 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon and ginger in a small bowl.
Once the rice is cooked, remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar mixture and raisins.
Transfer the pudding to a serving bowl and allow to cool slightly.
The pudding will continue to thicken as it comes to room temperature, topped with additional cinnamon to taste.