ARROZ CON LECHE (SPANISH MILK-RICE PUDDING)

 

  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Preparation Time: 10

Ingredients

  • just under 4 c milk
  • just over 1 c rice (I use Jasmine rice - the consistency/texture comes out much smoother than regular long-grained rice, which can get a bit crunchy. I haven't tried short-grain rice yet.)
  • just over 2/3 c sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • entire peel from 1 lemon, cut into 10-15 pieces
  • powdered cinnamon (to taste)

Directions

  • Add just enough water to cover the rice. Cook on the stovetop until all water is absorbed (~5 mins)
  • Add milk, cinnamon stick (if desired), and lemon peel pieces. Bring to a light boil.
  • After about 10 minutes of boiling, add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Continue cooking 5 minutes or so, until the pudding has thickened. Scoop out a few grains of rice and taste them to see if they're done. If the rice is done and the pudding is thick enough for you, it's done.
  • Remove cinnamon stick (if used). I usually leave the lemon peel in to continue adding flavor, but you can remove that, too, if you'd like.
  • Pour into individual serving dishes/bowls. Dust with powdered cinnamon while still warm. Once it's begun to cool and harden, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until cold and set. Serve cold.

Notes

When I lived in Spain, I had Arroz con Leche regularly, but when I came back to the States, I knew I wouldn't be able to find it anywhere. So, I searched online, cobbled together a recipe from several Spanish sources I found, and practiced with it a bit until I came up with something I liked. All the Spanish recipes are in the metric system, so I had to convert them.

Website Credit: http://www.kike.c.telefonica.net/endosan/arrozle.htm

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