Arroz con leche (/a-RRoh-z con LAY-chay/) is translated as rice with milk. And it is nothing more than that: rice is cooked in milk aromatized with some cinnamon and citrus peel and it slowly thickens to end up like a pudding texture dessert.
Here I am, back again to this space, to school, to cooking :-) I also want to make this blog a bit more personal. Let’s see if I am able to reach a nice personal style.
It been ages since I had not eaten a good arroz con leche. It was a dessert my mother used to cook quite often when I was young. I remember mainly going into the kitchen, open the fridge, spot it and take a couple of spoonfuls. I think homemade desserts are the best and this year I want to remember them all. Actually, I want to go back to them and cook them. At home maybe there was not a huge variety, but enough to enjoy some afterdinners every week.
My mother makes a very dense arroz con leche. As always, it is a very home-specific dessert to make: some people like it more liquid, some others denser. I decided to follow my mom’s guidelines this case.
Arroz con leche
Recipe for 6 servings
5 cups of milk (I did 4 of milk and 1 of water, as I was using whole milk… My mother would have used all whole milk, but I guess it’s a question of experimenting with less fatter milks too).
6 tbsp of rice, arborio or similar varieties are the best for this.
10 tbsp of sugar
1, 5 tbsp of ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
1 small orange / lemon peel
1. Put all the ingredients together in a heavy bottomed pan.
2. Cook them at medium heat, be patient and don’t stop stirring the mix. It is important because otherwise milk will be ruined, burnt and therefore your arroz con leche.
It takes a little bit more than 1 hour, but tt’s worth the pacience investment ;-)
3. As soon as rice is cooked and milk dense to your taste, remove the cinnamon stick and the citrus peel.
4. Pour the arroz con leche wherever are going to be served. Let them cool down and store them in the fridge.
Eat them cold! Sprinkle ground cinnamon to your taste and enjoy it!