13 May 2011

"Arroz Con Leche, 

se quiere casar 

con una viudita de la capital; 
que sepa coser, 
que sepa bordar, 
que ponga la aguja en su campanal . . . ."

That song must bring lots of childhood memories to my Spanish speaking readers. Arroz Con Leche (Rice with Milk) is a typical dessert in Puerto Rico, that we adopted from our Spanish ancestors. 

We make it a little differently, though. The traditional Spanish dish is sweet, our version isn't. We just cook the rice in milk and sprinkle with Cinnamon at the end. It's delicious, creamy and savory, without being salty. It does end up being slightly sweet thanks to the naturals sugars found in milk that caramelize while cooking for an extended time.

Some people don't like it because it can be a little bland. But I love it because it brings back memories of preparing this dish with my Grandmother when I was little. I would beg her for some Arroz Con Leche. 

Arroz Con Leche is basically Rice Pudding. There are many varieties, and I never get tired of eating them.

1 cup White Rice
2 cups Milk
1 cup Water
3 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Salt

-Soak the rice in the water for an hour.

-Drain the rice and place it in a pot with the milk.

-Cook over low heat for an hour in a sauce pan with the lid on.

-After an hour of slow cooking, add the sugar and pinch of salt. The rice should be cooked by now and the milk almost completely gone. Whatever is left of the milk should be thick. Cook for another 15 minutes with the lid on.

-Remove the lid and mix well. Taste is for sweetness. It should not be too sweet. If you want, don't add the sugar. 

-Serve and sprinkle with Cinnamon on top. 

I was inspired to prepare it by the following posts:


Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) said...

What a simple and lovely recipe. And the nicest part for you must be the wonderful memories it brings. Tastes and smells are like that - we have such strong associations with them. Thanks for sharing.

Yadi I. said...

Thanks you! The memories is the best part of food.

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

This looks really yummy! I love rice pudding. I am bookmarking this...I can't wait to give it a try! :)

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