Arroz con Leche is such a common dessert at our household that I forgot to post it! So glad I got a request for this recipe because I had completely overlooked how popular it is!
Amazing rice pudding
This recipe is a delicious rice pudding that can be made with common pantry ingredients – rice, sugar and milk. I used to make this all the time for my kids because I always had the ingredients on hand here at the ranch, which saved me a trip to the supermarket.
I know I often say how easy a recipe is, and Arroz con Leche falls into that category. The most difficult detail of this recipe is the constant stirring. Milk can scorch very easily, so it is best to constantly stir your arroz con leche as it is cooking.
You can definitely make this sweet pudding with non-dairy milk. Oat milk, almond milk, soy milk…any non-dairy milk is fine. However, the level of creaminess will not be exactly the same. Also, different non-dairy milks have varying levels of sugar added, so taste this dessert before you add sugar. You may have to experiment with different brands of non-dairy milk to find the right one to achieve the best texture and flavor.
Delicious with dried fruit
You can add dried fruit to your Arroz con Leche. My favorite is dried cherries, which I add right after I remove the cooking pot from the stove. You can add any type of bite-sized dried fruit that you like.
You can also make atole with your Arroz con Leche by simply thinning down the pudding with a bit more milk. Such an amazing beverage for chilly afternoons in front of the fire. I love atole for breakfast!
For me, the best part is the deep cinnamon flavor combined with the creamy milk. This is definitely an amazing treat for anyone that love cinnamon!Print
Arroz con Leche is full of cinnamon flavor
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
6 cups milk (1.5lt)
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice (185g)
1 cup granulated sugar (200g) or to taste
2 sticks whole cinnamon
Ground cinnamon for garnish
1/3 cup dried fruit (optional)
Pour the milk into a 4 qt (4lt) Dutch oven or heavy saucepan. Add the whole cinnamon. Stirring constantly, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, add the uncooked rice. Simmer and stir for 20 minutes, until the rice is tender.
Once the rice is completely cooked and tender, stir in the sugar. Simmer for 5 more minutes while stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add optional dried fruit. Served warm or chilled.
Make sure to stir constantly so arroz con leche doesn’t scorch.