Arroz Con Leche (Rice with Milk)

    45 minutes

    This is the Mexican version of rice pudding. It's sweet, creamy, custardy and lightly spiced with cinnamon. Enjoy as a comforting dessert over the cold winter months.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 190g uncooked long-grain white rice
    • 30g unsalted butter
    • 475ml water
    • 475ml full fat milk
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 65g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 250ml full fat milk
    • 150ml thickened cream
    • 70g raisins (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Bring the rice, butter and water to the boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
    2. Whisk together 475ml milk, flour, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a bowl and pour the milk mixture over the cooked rice. Stir to combine, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
    3. Stir in 250ml full fat milk, cream, raisins and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed then allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm or cold.

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    This is a great recipe!! I made a few minor changes and substituted the 1 cup of whole milk with evaporated milk and used sweetened condensed milk instead of the heavy cream. This is the closest I have come to finding a recipe that tastes like my Grandma's!! Thanks!  -  13 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    SMOOTH & CREAMY! This is not overly sweet. I thought I had made it wrong because it wasn't thick like other rice puddings. I researched Arroz con Leche and found it is "soupier" than American rice puddings. I cooked it a little longer to thicken to my preference, and once it cooled, it was perfect. SMOOTH & CREAMY! Thank you crys7422 for sharing your recipe. I learned something new tonight!  -  13 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did as one reviewer and used sweetened condensed milk to replace that 2nd cup of milk. It was very good and made it more rich. If you do this, remember, do not add that 1/3 cup sugar. Try it first.  -  27 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)