Mexico

Mexican Rice Pudding

February 26, 2016

This Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) is creamy, sweet and easy to make. Sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins! | cookingtheglobe.com

Mexican cuisine has always been associated with delicious colorful spicy food, but no one talks about their desserts. Yes, you heard me right. Mexican desserts. They do have them, and they are freaking good. If you haven’t ever tried them, you are missing out big time. It’s never late to start though. This Mexican Rice Pudding, Arroz Con Leche in Spanish, is an excellent choice for your introduction to the world of desserts of this fascinating country.

This Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) is creamy, thick and sweet. Sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins! | cookingtheglobe.com

Arroz Con Leche is a truly classic Mexican dessert. It is served at table literally everywhere, even in the farthest corners of the country. However, as with most traditional dishes, there exist many different versions of it. Every abuela has her own recipe ofย  this creamy and comforting sweet rice! Many use condensed or evaporated milk, some use plain milk. Some use eggs, some not. Some recipes include vanilla, some not. But that’s the beauty of it!

This Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) is creamy, sweet and easy to make. Sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins! | cookingtheglobe.com

When it comes to Mexican cuisine, I love Rick Bayless and his work. That’s why the recipe of this rice pudding was adapted from his bestseller Authentic Mexican. His recipe uses plain milk, vanilla extract, eggs, lime zest and few other basic ingredients. I loved this version! And I am happy to share it with you guys.

What I can say about the taste of this pudding? It is thick, creamy and, of course, sweet! It is everything you expect a fantastic dessert to be. Oh, and the finishing touch of cinnamon and raisins is just brilliant! And it is so easy to make. It requires some time but much of it doesn’t involve your direct participation. The ingredients are really simple too. Then what else stops you from making this deliciousness right now?

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You can serve this Mexican Rice Pudding hot, chilled, or at room temperature. It also reheats well, just thin it with milk, warm, and you are good to go!

This delicious pudding would be welcome after a hearty soup like Carne En Su Jugo, which I’ve made some time ago. Try it out!

Mexican Rice Pudding - Arroz Con Leche
 
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 inches (5cm) lime zest
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 quart (1 liter) milk
  • ¾ cup (150g) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (40g) raisins
  • ground cinnamon, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add the cinnamon stick and lime zest, cover and simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the rice, return to a boil and stir once. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. If the rice is still underdone but there is no water left, add some more water and cook for few more minutes.
  2. Stir in the milk, sugar, salt, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid starts to thicken, for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick and lime zest.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and stir in the vanilla extract and a few tablespoons of the hot rice. Stir the yolk mixture back into the rice. Mix in the raisins, leaving few for garnishing. Spoon into dessert dishes, sprinkle with remaining raisins and the ground cinnamon. Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Megan March 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Yum! I was first introduced to arroz con leche while traveling through Costa Rica and it quickly became my favorite desert. This version sounds so good!

    • Reply Igor March 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Megan, it is really good! I just checked out your blog and loved it so much. Now I want to go camping and cooking, so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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