Arroz con Leche

Serves 8

1 cup long grain rice

2 cinnamon sticks

Finely grated lemon zest from three lemons

3 whole cloves

4 cups water

1 egg

3 cups milk

1 can sweetened condensed milk (12 – 14 ounces)

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

½ cup raisins

white and brown cow on brown soil
Photo by cottonbro studio on

In a large pot, place rice, cinnamon, lemon zest, cloves and water. Let soak for 1 hour.

Bring to a boil, uncovered. When it starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 – 12 minutes, or until almost all the water has been absorbed.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the milk. Mix well.

Add the egg mixture, vanilla and the condensed milk to the rice. Stir continuously and let simmer on low heat until the rice thickens slightly, or until it has reached the desired consistency, maybe as long as 25 – 35 minutes, depending on whether the rice is parboiled or not.

Fold in the raisins.

Let the rice cool uncovered. Remember that the rice will swell as it cools off. The rice should be somewhat less dense than traditional rice pudding.

close up of dark raisins
Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on

This is an amazing – and very sweet – Spanish/Mexican dessert. Perfect after a jalapeño-rich dinner, when the heat needs to be taken down a notch.

Published by honeywritingblog

Sharing my best loved honey based recipies, along with short stories collected during life in Northern California and Stockholm, Sweden. Well, stories from other joints as well, and not only my experiences. Some will appear in English and some in Swedish. Deal with it.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: