Thursday, July 17, 2008

Arroz con leche: a clasic mexican dessert


"Arroz con leche" means rice with milk and it is a very common dessert in Mexico. It is easy to prepare and very inexpensive.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of white rice (previously washed with fresh water)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 8 cups (2 quarts) of milk
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon (or grounded cinnamon)
  • raisins (optional)
Preparation:
  1. Put the milk to boil and add cinnamon sticks (or grounded, half a tablespoon), then add rice and stir constantly until the rice is soft, cook at high or medium heat, don't cover.
  2. Add sugar and keep stirring, cook on high until milk is reduced and rice could be seen on the surface.
  3. Put it on a serving plate, or in individual dessert plates and add some grounded cinnamon on top before serving (look the picture for suggested serving).
It will make 4 big servings and you could eat it warm or cold. I like it warm but all my family like it cold (try it both ways and decide which one you like it more) . It could be decorated with raisins on top or with a cinnamon stick.

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