Yield: serves 4-6
In large heavy bottomed sauce pot, add rice and 4 cups of milk. Stir to combine. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add spice of choice or combination of spices. Reduce heat to low and cover pot. Set timer for 15 minutes and allow rice to cook.
Meanwhile, wash and core Comice pears. Chop one pear into small bite size pieces and set aside. Thinly slice other pear to serve as garnish for finished rice pudding.
Remove lid and stir rice to ensure it does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Stir contents often and cook for another 10 minutes until mixture is thick and creamy. Add remaining cup of milk, maple syrup, brown sugar and sea salt. Stir to combine and continue to cook on low heat for another 5 minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Strain and discard used spices.
Add in served chopped pears and stir to combine. Serve immediately. Garnish with sliced pears, crushed candied pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Serve rice pudding warm. If desired, store in the fridge to chill. Cold rice pudding will be very thick and may need additional water or milk to thin out.