Sunday, January 4, 2015

Arroz Con Leche Recipe (Rice Pudding)



It's a chilly night here in Southern California and my appetite is craving a family favorite recipe. The problem is that I don't have the original recipe created by my mother who is currently away from the home attending to my sick grandmother. It's times like these that make me grateful for the wonderful cook that my mother is on a regular basis. Because she wasn't able to cook this evening, I did a little bit of research and found a recipe online that I tweaked to my perfection.

Rice Pudding-Arroz con Leche

4 cups of whole milk
1 cup of rice, short or medium grain
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Bring whole milk to a slow simmer in a large pot over medium/low heat.

2. Stir in rice, add cinnamon sticks and barely simmer, uncovered, until rice is softened which should be about 20-30 minutes.



3. Stir occasionally.

4. When rice is soft, remove cinnamon sticks and stir in condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Return to a slight simmer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice has a pudding-like consistency.



The recipe was perfect however I would make one minor adjustment. Instead of using the condensed milk, I would just add 1/2 a cup of sugar instead. I didn't really like that it was so sweet and you can definitely taste the condensed milk flavor. I believe my mom's recipe is pretty close to this recipe however she uses sugar instead of the condensed milk.


Thanks to the following websites that served as inspiration:

http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/sweetsanddesserts/r/arrozconleche.htm
http://www.goya.com/english/recipes/arroz-con-leche

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