This recipe is also available in Español
Arroz con Leche is the Spanish version of the well-known rice pudding in the United State. It’s the ultimate comfort food. And almost without fail, this dessert will make you feel closer to home with every spoon, especially when served warm… so simple, but so perfect!
There are as many versions of Arroz con Leche in Latin America as there are abuelitas (grandmas). It is not rare that one family have two, or three, recipes in their repertoire. One from each grandma, plus one more from an aunty who thinks she is the cooking star of the family. The best part? None of the recipes are alike, but they are all delicious!
For example, many use evaporated milk, some us sweetened condensed milk, and others just sugar. Some use an egg. Raisins, or coconut, are optional but common.
My take in this traditional dessert is very simple and easy to make. I use whole milk to cook the rice, not water. Sometimes, to make it even richer, I like to mix powdered milk with water. This gives me a creamier milk with less water in it, and works great. And I like to add gradually the milk, just like I do when cooking risotto. In my opinion, this is key to getting the rice to release its starch and create its own delicious creaminess.
Another of my secrets is that I let the rice pudding cool completely, and if it is too thick, often it is, I add heavy cream to achieve consistence the my family likes.
There you go…All my Arroz con Leche secrets are reveled!
Ahhh… Arroz con Leche!! And don’t forget to add a dust of McCormick® ground cinnamon, which is 100 percent pure flavor, with no added fillers. McCormick® knows the best meals begin with the best ingredients, which is perfect to enhance the flavor of all my recipes, for that reason are a must in my kitchen!
Arroz con Leche an easy dessert to make ahead if you’re hosting a party since it can be served hot, warm, or well-chilled. Either way it’s going to knock everyone’s socks off.
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