If you live in Houston...then you are no stranger to a wonderful dessert called Arroz Con Leche. Every Latin person you know eats this in the winter and shows up at a holiday party with it! The Middle Eastern culture has their own type of Arroz con Leche but it is very different from the Latin version...so let me tell you a little more about it and how easy it is to make it.
Arroz con Leche is a thick and creamy rice pudding dessert that is topped off with cinnamon for added flavor. It is one of the easiest desserts to make and just amazing to keep you warm during the winter. Keep reading if you want to break your diet and give this amazing recipe a try :)
- 3 cups of water
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 cup of rice
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 - 12 oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 can of la lechera (sweet condensed milk or regular condensed milk)
- Ground Cinnamon to sprinkle over it when you serve.
Arroz Con Leche
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, place water, rice and a cinnamon stick or two.
2. Bring the water to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender (continue to mix so the rice won't stick to the bottom of the pan, throughout this whole process).
3. Now that the rice is tender you can stir in the milk and let that boil for about 5 minutes before adding the evaporated milk.
4. I let that cook on low for another 10 minutes and my very last step is too add the condensed milk...then I let that cook for another 5-7 minutes before turning off the heat. Some people add sugar...I don't but feel free to do that if you prefer things extra sweet.
5. Let it sit on the stove for a while so that it can get that thick consistency of rice pudding and when you are ready to serve, simply mix it around and then top off your plate or cup with a dash of cinnamon for added flavor!
You can serve it warm or cold.
**You can always replace the rice with steel cut oats if you want to be semi-healthy. I wouldn't consider this healthy LOL but it is a delicious way to get your oats in and it can be served hot or cold just like the original Arroz Con Leche!