Comfort Food for the Holidays

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rice pudding/arroz con lecheNow, that the holidays are here, let’s enjoy some comfort food! Arroz con Leche is a very popular dessert in Latin countries. It is actually one of the oldest desserts in Spain, according to United Planet. This dessert, however, did not originate in Spain. Arroz con Leche was introduced to Spain when the Muslims conquered the southern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. Throughout the regions of Latin America, you can find variations of the recipe but they all incorporate the basic ingredients of rice, milk, sugar, lemon, or orange peel.

Enjoy this recipe from Hispanic Mama

Ready to make Arroz con Leche? 

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  •  2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 orange peel strips
  • 1/2 cup of Nestlé® La Lechera® Sweetened Condensed Milk

Directions

  1. Bring the milk to boil with a cinnamon stick and the orange peel.
  2. Wash and rinse the rice before adding it to the milk.
  3. Cook on low heat until the rice is tender and stir occasionally. It usually takes 75 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and cook for another 15 minutes. It’s important to stir frequently.
  5. Add the butter, vanilla, and La Lechera and stir well for 2 minutes.
  6. Rear from heat and let it cool.