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: