November 03, 2008

Recipe: Arroz con Leche (Milky Rice pudding)

The popular "arroz con leche" is one of the most traditional dessert in Peruvian culture. Part of the gastronomy in the coast of the country, this dessert in made with rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon and a secret orange tip. Pay attention:


* 1/2 cup of rice
* 3 cups of water
* 2 1/2 cups of sweetened condensed milk (2 cans)
* 1 3/4 cups of evaporated milk
* 1/4 cup of port wine
* 1 stick cinnamon
* Skin of 1/2 orange
* Powdered cinnamon


First Boil the rice with the orange skin and the stick cinnamon for 15 minutes; the rice must be well cooked. Remove from the fire and take out the cinnamon and the skin.

Later, you must add the two types of milk. Boil on a low flame for 5 minutes, stiring all the time with a wooden spoon.

We should add the port wine and continue boiling for 3 minutes more. Then let it cool down.

As we know, some people like to eat the "arroz con leche" warm; others, cold. Serve in a glass and sprinkle with the powdered cinnamon.


Penny said...

Is it supposed to be 1 and 1/2 cups of rice? It only says 1/2 cup, and there is too much liquid for the amount of rice.

Elizabeth said...

It's about right. You cook the rice in the water with the lid off, until it dries out, then you add the milks. I've never seen it with Port wine, and I think my mother-in-law only uses the sweetened condensed milk.