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Arroz con leche

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I did promise you I would try and make some authentic Costa Rican food right? And although arroz con leche seems to be pretty much used in most latin american countries plus Spain… it is still one of the dishes that I associate with Costa Rica. Plus I like it.. 🙂

We’ve only eaten this particular dessert on two occassions while in Costa Rica and as good as the first one was, as bad as the second one was. So even with a dish as simple as dish you can still go terribly wrong. It’s a versatile dish as you can add raisins, banana or any other fruit to the dish. The taste is sweet but neutral so it will work with loads of different things as well. For today I kept it simple. I checked on the internet and I checked in the book that I bought for a good recipe of arroz con leche and there are as many recipes as there are people, I would almost say. A lot of them use condensed and/or evaporated milk. Since I didn’t have either, I made a version with just regular milk. When going through my cupboards I also found out that I had ran out of most of the rice I usually stock! I think this will work extremely well with arborio rice and I wanted to try that but I only had pandan rice left. And since I didn’t feel like going to the store I used that.

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I am thinking that it will be creamier when you do use arborio rice, but it tasted lovely with the pandan. I will try it at some point with different rice and maybe with different ingredients as well. For now, this is what I used. It’s enough for two small bowls.

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Arroz con leche

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ltr milk
  • 75 gr rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • 35 gr sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 eggyolk
  • ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Banana slices (optional)

Directions:

In a small saucepan bring the milk, the cinnamon stick, anis and limepeel to a soft boil. Add the rice and cook the rice until it is soft enough. My rice had 8 minutes regular cooking time, but I added maybe 5 minutes to that to give it a more soft consistency. Just make sure that the rice is still rice and not one mushy drab... 🙂 Once you add the rice, also add a pinch of salt and the sugar to the milk. When the rice is the way you want it to be add one eggyolk. Make sure it is not boiling anymore or you will have bits of egg. It should thicken the liquid and give you a nice creamy texture. Once you let it cool it will get even thicker. You can eat it warm or cold. I ate mine lukewarm which worked perfectly for me. You can add banana to it (as I did above) and sprinkle the dessert with some ground cinnamon.

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Miriam/The Winter Guest
    February 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    You know my husband is an arroz con leche lover… and I hate it! Arroz con leche is indeed very traditional in Spain, specially in the north, but without the banana. In Asturias they boil the rice for 2 hours (no kidding!) until the rice completely dissolves and the result is a creamy pudding.

    • Reply
      Simone (junglefrog)
      February 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      2 hours??!! My god, that sounds scary almost! Too bad you don’t like it. It’s not something I would eat everyday but I still think it’s very good. The banana is my own addition. Just thought it would work well with the flavors.

  • Reply
    peachkins
    February 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    rice and all those spices!mmmmmmm

  • Reply
    Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul
    February 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This is one of my most favourite desserts Simone…and you’re right about the amount of recipes out there for arroz con leche. I love that you used pandan rice…a great idea!

  • Reply
    Rosa
    February 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    That rice pudding looks lipsmackingly good! Lovely flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Reply
    anncoo
    February 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Mmm…love this rice pudding, sounds so delicious with the cinnamon and star anis 🙂

  • Reply
    Reeni
    February 10, 2011 at 3:10 am

    This is dreamy Simone! It looks so creamy and sounds so rich and delicious!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    February 10, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Welcome home, sweetie, and hope your Birthday was fabulous! You deserve it! And yum the French Riz au Lait is a favorite dessert here in my house and this arroz con leche looks just as fantastic! And different enough that I must try it! Looks so wonderfully rich and creamy and delicious!

  • Reply
    Mei Teng
    February 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Lovely food photography 🙂

  • Reply
    Sophie
    February 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Welcome home, Simone!!

    Your arroz con leche está muy delicioso, mmmmmm,…

    I would like to digg in in that big bowl!!!

  • Reply
    Sophie
    February 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Welcome home, Simone!!

    Your arroz con leche está muy delicioso, mmmmmm,…

    I would like to digg in in that big bowl!!!

  • Reply
    Anh
    February 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    oh dear. Look at that rice pudding! So delicious!

  • Reply
    Stefania
    February 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Una deliziosa ricetta. complimenti
    ciao

  • Reply
    Priya
    February 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    This must be one of my favorite desserts and your photographs are making me crave a bowlful right now. I guess I every culture has a version of this fabulous dessert. In South India we use cardamom powder and don’t used eggs, but that must make it extremely creamy.

    • Reply
      Simone (junglefrog)
      February 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I love the idea of using cardamom too. I’m sure that would work really well with the other flavors. And yes, the egg does make it very rich and creamy (and yummy..)

  • Reply
    A Canadian Foodie
    February 11, 2011 at 3:09 am

    It looks creamy and lush, Simone. I love rice puddings and tapioca puddings and milk puddings. They are so subtle and soothing and comforting and pillowy and yummy.
    🙂
    valerie

  • Reply
    Joy
    February 11, 2011 at 3:30 am

    That looks wonderful. I love this recipe.

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Rice pudding always reminds me of my gram. 🙂 This looks so perfectly creamy and delicious. Beautiful, as always.

  • Reply
    lisaiscooking
    February 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    What a great, versatile dessert! Sounds so good with the added lime. The banana slices look fantastic in it too!

  • Reply
    Ben
    February 15, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I love Arroz con leche! I’ve never made it with arborio rice, though. But my mom soaks the rice overnight and that seems to give it a little bit more starchiness. I’ll see what other Costa Rican recipes you try in the future 🙂

    • Reply
      Simone (junglefrog)
      February 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I don’t think it needs any arborio rice now that I’ve had it with regular rice. That was soft enough. I did soak the rice for a bit in milk before starting to cook. I guess that also helped to make it creamier.

  • Reply
    Valérie
    February 15, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Hmmm… I’ve never even made or tasted regular rice pudding. I *think* I’d like it, I’m just not sure. 🙂 But I’ll give it a go at some point. Your pictures make it look enticing, though!

    • Reply
      Simone (junglefrog)
      February 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      You should try it! There are as many variations as there are people almost so you can adapt to your own taste… It’s quite nice!

  • Reply
    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen
    February 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love all varieties of rice pudding!

  • Reply
    Jason
    February 16, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Excellent work. I think you really nailed the texture. Thanks.

  • Reply
    Sue Yascolt
    January 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I wish you had translated the measurements for non-users of metric….

  • Reply
    Juli
    February 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    In Germany we eat it as a main dish with a cinnamon-sugar topping or with a fruit compote (like cherries or apples). Its called “Milchreis” and very popular.

    By the way… i love your site! Beautiful pictures! 🙂

    Wish you all the best!

  • Reply
    Simone (junglefrog)
    February 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks so much Juli!

  • Reply
    Arroz Doce
    November 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Hello Simone,

    I have a website about arroz con leche (rice pudding or arroz doce in portuguese) and I’d like to add this recipe. Is there any problem with it? Can I add it?

    Feel free to visit my website: Arroz Doce

    Very nice article and very very nice photos! 🙂

    Regards!

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