There's nothing like a pot of rice simmering on the stove ... especially when that pot of rice is simmering in milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. We're talking about arroz con leche. Creamy, luscious, and indulgent, rice pudding is makes a wonderful after dinner treat, mid afternoon sweet, or midnight antojito. With a classic recipe, just like abuela used to make, with infinite variations (add a dash of cardamom, stir in pumpkin puree), it's easy to personalize to suit any craving. Here are a few of our favorite recipes.
Arroz con Leche might be the perfect comfort food. Soft, sweet, fragrant and easy to make when the craving strikes. Adding a bit of egg yolk to the rice, cooked with milk, sugar, cinnamon and raisins, adds an extra creamy touch. And bonus: the whole recipe comes together one pot.
If you’ve gone vegan, or have issues with dairy products, it can be hard to find those sweet treats that we all crave, especially the traditional ones abuelita made for us. For about 100 calories per half cup serving, Maple Almond Arroz con Leche makes the perfect afternoon pick-me-up at work or late-night nosh.
The definition of comfort food changes from culture to culture, but in our home, arroz con leche is a classic family treat. This version is slightly more aromatic than the standard version of arroz con leche, with a fresh fragrant vanilla bean simmered along with cinnamon. Serve it warm, topped with ripe berries, butter toasted salted pecans, or drizzled with a few drops of coffee liqueur.