Today´s recipe is a creamy, smooth dessert called Arroz con leche, also known for being the spanish version of the commonly known as rice pudding.
What is this wonder dish? Rice pudding probably originated from Asia, then spread to various parts of the world, including Spain, where it is listed on almost every menu as dessert. It is typically served with some cinnamon on top – and sometimes a cookie as well – on top.
Arroz con leche – or rice pudding – is one of our top dessert recipe recommendations as it is just plain delicious. The cinnamon adds extra flavor and is healthy too – cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your body. And the lower the amount of inflammation in your body, the lower your risk of disease. Want to check more dessert recipes? Here´s our section!
However, we’re not going to lie about it: it is not as easy as it seems to make it. You need to be careful to get the temperature just right to make it, and also some patience stirring. But still, we encourage you to give it a try because, like we said, it’s really, really yummy!
Arroz con Leche recipe
- 200 grams rice (arroz bomba if possible)
- 150 grams sugar
- 1 liter whole milk
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Place the rice in a bowl and add some water. Move the bowl a little bit and remove the water carefully. Repeat this process two or three times to get rid of the starch in the rice.
- Peel the lemon and keep its skin. Get a medium-size pot.
- Pour the milk in and heat it over medium heat. Add the sugar, two cinnamon sticks and the lemon skin (previously washed).
- Stir everything with a wooden spoon in order to dissolve the sugar. Add the drained rice once the milk is hot (not boiling!).
- Turn the heat down and keep cooking for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, with a wooden spoon making sure that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Try some rice (careful: it's hot!) before turning the heat off to make sure that the texture is perfect, as the cooking time can be different depending on the type of rice you use.
- Remove the lemon skin and the cinnamon sticks and let the rice sit for a couple of minutes.
- Place it in a dish, sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top and let it cool down, as it is normally served at room temperature. You can also keep it in the fridge once it is cooled, and serve it cold.