Creamy Arroz con Leche

Today I´m going to share with you how to make arroz con leche rice pudding so that it comes out super creamy and delicious.

One of the first memories I have is when our grandmother used to make arroz con leche for dessert for all of us. That combination of creaminess and cinnamon flavour teleports me directly to my childhood. The happiness of eating it is double! Because of its flavour and because of that trip to my childhood. That’s why I’m going to share with you the recipe of this dessert with special affection.

Each person gives it their own touch and that is what makes it special.

The origin of this delicacy comes from the Far East and was invented many many years ago. However, in Spain we have a delicious recipe for arroz con leche, especially in Asturias and in the homes of our mothers and grandmothers.

This recipe from my grandma is an easy arroz con leche recipe without condensed milk. A traditional recipe that you will end up loving.

One, two, three … describe your favourite dessert in three words … Arroz, con, Leche?

On my dessert list, it is in the top 3 without a doubt. And I have a feeling it’s on my children’s list too.

One of the ingredients for success in the kitchen (and in life) is practice. Don’t get discouraged if the first time it doesn’t come out as expected. Persist and you will see how, little by little, you will get the hang of it until you get a creamy rice pudding. And once you have it, it’s time to invite friends and family over to eat this delicious homemade dessert. The moment they have the spoon in their mouths, they will not be able to do anything else but…. mmmmmmmm….

How to Make Arroz con Leche Step by Step

1. Put in a saucepan (without turning on the fire yet) a liter and a half of cold whole milk, 20 grams of butter, a stick of cinnamon, the peel of a lemon and a small coffee cup of rice (85 grams ).

Tips for this first step:

  • When cutting the lemon peel, make sure that the inner part of the peel has the least possible whitish color, because this part is sour.
  • With the vegetable knife you can cut the skin very well (in the shape of a helix) and you don’t get so much white. I like to use it because I get the whole skin off. If you are not so handy with the vegetable knife you can use a potato peeler.
  • A small coffee cup full of rice will be enough. It may not seem like much, but in reality it is very filling

2. When you have everything in the saucepan, stir it for about 10 minutes over a high flame (level 9 if you use a glass-ceramic cooktop).

Tips for this second step:

  • Use a tall pot, the mixture does not reach a third of the total of the pot, but with high heat the milk will rise and foam.
  • It is necessary to stir with a wooden spoon so that the rice does not stick and also to lower the milk so that it does not get out of the pot.

Tic tac tic tac … The 10 minutes on high heat have already passed!

3. Lower the heat (on glass ceramic to level 4) and leave it there for 20 minutes.

4 . 5 minutes before the 20 minutes are up, pour 2 small coffee cups of sugar ( 170 grams ).

Tips for this fourth step:

  • One last stirring effort! In this step you have to stir well because the sugar sticks.
  • You will see that the mixture starts to thicken, but it is still more liquid than you would eat it. Don’t worry because when it cools it will thicken a lot. Don’t wait until it is as thick as you would eat it, because it can become hard.

5. Pour it into a bowl. Remove the lemon, so that it does not become bitter, and the cinnamon stick, since it has already added flavour.

6. The arroz con leche rice pudding is already in the bowl. Let it cool down and then put it in the refrigerator.

7. Et voilà! Once you take it out of the fridge, you have a delicious, traditional and easy-to-make dessert ready to delight the palate of your family and friends.

Tip if your arroz con leche doesn´t come out as creamy as you expected: Don’t worry if it comes out a bit liquid, you can put it back in the pot over medium-low heat for a few more minutes. It may only need 5-10 minutes more. Remember that it will also thicken as it cools.

Last tip: If you are having a dinner party and want to serve arroz con leche as a dessert, I recommend you to make it in the morning.

A good accompaniment is cinnamon powder so that each guest can add it to taste.

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Creamy Arroz con Leche. Grandma´s Recipe

Get ready to make a creamy rice pudding that will conquer the palate of your guests.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 people
Calor. 386 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • liter milk
  • 20 grams butter
  • 1 small cup of rice ( 85 grams )
  • 2 small cups of sugar ( 170 grams )
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick ( another option is to add vanilla )

Instructions
 

  • Put in a saucepan milk, rice, butter, cinnamon stick(s) and lemon peel(s) (without turning on the heat yet).
  • Once you have everything in the saucepan, put it on high heat (in glass ceramic at 9). Stir it for 10 minutes.
  • Lower the heat (in glass ceramic to 4) and leave it there for 20 minutes.
  • 5 minutes before the 20 minutes are up, pour in the sugar. Stir well because the sugar sticks.
  • Pour into a bowl, removing the lemon and cinnamon.
  • The arroz con leche is already in the bowl. Let it temper and then put it in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Et voilà! Just take it out of the fridge and you have a delicious, traditional and easy-to-make dessert ready to delight the palate of your family and friends.
KEYWORDS arroz con leche, arroz con leche recipe, arroz con leche rice pudding
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Hi, I’m Blanca and I love desserts! By day I work as an Interior Architect and by night I’m a mother of two angels. In my spare time I make desserts and write about it on my blog.

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