Easy Arroz con Leche Recipe+Video Mexican Rice Pudding 2021

Easy Arroz con Leche Recipe+Video Mexican Rice Pudding 2021

Cuban cuisine is not a simple subject… The standard of food in government-owned restaurants in Cuba is not very good, better in larger foreign-owned hotels though this may not be Cuban cuisine.

The best and also most authentic cuisine is found at the Casa Particulares (homestays) and the Paladares (restaurants in peoples’ houses).

Due to government restrictions and the US embargo, there are food shortages and people have their food rationed. Each person gets their monthly quota of bread, rice, sugar, etc, and even soap and cigarettes which is heavily subsidized by the government. Anything more, if even available, is sold at a higher price and often only available with the convertible Cuban peso (tourist money).

Of course, there is also a huge black market that defies the shortages, though no one seems really sure of how this actually works and where the food comes from… You may be offered lobster, beef, or fish in a casa, but they will stress that “if anyone asks tell them you ate chicken”.

Meat features very heavily in Cuban cuisine. Pork and chicken are ubiquitous in Cuba, but beef is slightly harder to come by because all livestock in Cuba is government property and therefore subject to official rationing and regulations.

Food is generally heavy and fattening with garlic and onion most commonly used as a flavoring. Spices are rarely used and the food is definitely not hot. Vegetables do not feature much apart from small side salads. Hence vegetarians are not very well catered for apart from Rice and Beans.

The seafood aspect of Cuban cuisine is excellent and fish is delicious and fresh. Lobster and prawns are the specialty and cooked with garlic and onion.

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Rice pudding

Known as “Arroz con Leche” made from the main staple rice, with milk and sugar makes a very popular dessert served both warm and cold.

Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rice (short or medium grain)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweeten condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (soaked in warm water to soften)
  • Garnish: ground cinnamon and/or butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Bring whole milk and water to a slow simmer in a large pot, over medium-low heat.
  3. Stir in rice and add the cinnamon sticks and barely simmer, uncovered, until rice is softened, which should be about 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. When rice is soft, remove cinnamon sticks.
  5. Stir in the condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and raisins.
  6. Return to a slight simmer and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice has a pudding-like consistency.
  7. Serve hot, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon or butter.
  8. Serve hot
  9. Enjoy!

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HOW TO MAKE ARROZ CON LECHE

Add water, rice, and cinnamon sticks to a large saucepan and cook on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and let cook for 16-18 minutes.

Drain liquid from the saucepan, remove cinnamon sticks and put the rice back in the pan. Add all 3 bowls of milk – evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk to the pan. Let come to a boil.

Reduce heat to LOW and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly. The milk can easily burn so it’s important to stir as much as possible as it thickens.

Pour rice into cups and sprinkle on cinnamon. If you like more cinnamon, add 1 tsp of cinnamon (or more) in when adding the kinds of milk. We like to serve it warm, but it can also be cooled too.

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SUBSTITUTIONS & TOPPINGS

Can you make this with Brown Rice? Yes, although it may alter the consistency a little. It is a healthier version that gives you fiber.

Can you make it without sweetened condensed milk? We love that the sweetened condensed milk makes it more rich and creamy, but it can also be omitted. Just use a ¾ cup more milk and ¾ cup sugar instead.

Can you make it in the slow cooker? Of course! We actually have a slow cooker rice pudding on the site. Ingredients aren’t exactly the same, but the taste is very similar.

What are the best toppings for Arroz con Leche? There are lots of toppings you can use from fruit to nuts, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • Raisins
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut
Arroz con Leche
Arroz con Leche

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