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    Mother-In-Law's Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

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    55 mins

    15 mins

    40 mins

    CatlingMex's Note:

    This recipe is perfect if you need to make a relatively economical dessert for a crowd. I got it from my husband, who was born and raised in Peru. This is how his mother has always made arroz con leche, and it's the only recipe for it that I have ever seen that includes cloves and shredded coconut. These ingredients make it extra special, to judge by the compliments I get when I make it. And since the cinnamon and cloves are added while the rice is cooking, it makes the house smell good, too. (Special instructions included for picky eaters or those allergic to coconut and/or raisins.)

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    1. 1
      In a large kettle, boil the rice, cinnamon, and cloves in about 3 liters of water for 40 minutes or until cooked and very soft. (If it gets too thick and sticky before cooking has finished, add boiling water.).
    2. 2
      Remove from stove. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
    3. 3
      Taste to test for sweetness; this tastes sweeter warm than it will cold, so allow for that.
    4. 4
      Pour into individual dessert dishes or disposable cups.
    5. 5
      Eat while still warm (not hot), or refrigerate and eat cold. This dessert keeps well, refrigerated, for a few days, though some liquid will separate out on the top after a day or two; just stir it back into the rice before eating.
    6. 6
      If you have picky or allergic eaters who don't do raisins and/or coconut but you don't want to omit these ingredients, just leave them out at first, when you are mixing the remaining ingredients into the cooked rice. Pour out portions for the special people, then mix in the "offending" ingredients with the remaining rice and serve the rest. If you are sure to mark which portions are "with" and which are "without," you can make everyone happy. :-).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 03, 2007


      My ex boyfriend is also from Peru and he made this for me and it is sooooo good!! I was actually looking for this recipe since he is now my ex!!lol Thanks for sharing it!!

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    • on July 20, 2008


      very delicious, creamy, thick, and sweet just how my family likes it!! delicious!

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    • on March 09, 2008


      This was wonderful. I sized it down to 2 cups of rice, 2 cups of water and ommitted the exaporated milk because I didn't have any (adjusted all seasons by 1/3). It was still wonderful and pretty quick. The coconut really makes it special.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mother-In-Law's Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

    Serving Size: 1 (75 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 25

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 240.7
    Calories from Fat 31
    Total Fat 3.4 g
    Saturated Fat 2.3 g
    Cholesterol 9.3 mg
    Sodium 42.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 48.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 28.1 g
    Protein 3.9 g

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