By Meanie Queenie on April 03, 2003
Photo by LinhyLinh
Photo by LinhyLinh
"This arroz con leche recipe comes from a calender cookbook called Mexico, The Beautiful Cookbook. My Mother-in-law was about to throw it out and I found this wonderful rice pudding recipe in it. It is by far the best I have ever tasted. I omit the the lime and orange peel but I am sure it's probably great with it. uuum, uuum good. *I have made no changes to the recipe but want to make a note that many Food.com users state a frustration with the stirring time so feel free to turn the heat up a little but I posted the recipe exactly as it was on the calendar. I apologize to anyone that has been frustrated. The end result is always wonderful though : ) THANKS for all the wonderful reviews, it is very much appreciated. Enjoy!!!"
Serving Size: 1 (379 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"GREAT RECIPE! Now, what I got frustrated with was the stirring. I kept on stirring that thing for 1 hour (I'm not exaggerating) over low heat and it was still not thickening. So what I did was I brought it to high heat and let it boil a little, then started stirring again, and THEN it thickened! I forgot to put the salt and I didn't put the lime peel. I also put only 3/4 cup of sugar and the sugar level is good. It tastes great!!! If anyone is having the same stirring problem, I think the solution is just to bring up the heat and let it boil a little, then stir. I guess the stirring over low heat is just to make sure the rice is not hard (?). Thanks for posting this one up! This is the recipe I'll use whenever I want to make some more Arroz Con Leche! :)"
"I made a double batch of this recipe, and cooked it in my slow cooker. Well lets just say it filled a 6quart slow cooker. Yeah I know a lot of rice, an as soon as my 4 boys tasted it there was none left. this recipe is a deffinate keeper. Yummy!!!"
"i used evaporated milk with regular milk, it didn't seem to take too long to thicken. i also used lime peel and 1 cinnamon stick. it tasted just like the arroz con leche u get in the market frozen, the ones that come in individual cups. i liked this recipe, not too complicated. i'm quite lazy. i also omitted the raisins, not a fan."
"This was absolutely wonderful! So much so, that I had people from my Church who are from the Hispanic community asking for my recipe! Took a long time to get it to boiling, but then, I increased the ingredients to make 30 servings... if you do this, make sure you have a stirring partner! :)"
"This recipe is very easy and delicious & it reminds me of my grandmother!
When I made it, I used 4 strips of orange zest instead of lime and it was amazing. Also, I like it a little soupy but my husband doesn't, so for him, I placed some in a casserole, set it in a warm oven (after I made dinner) and left it for about 40 minutes. It was way to "cheesy" looking to me, but he loved it! It looked more like a bread pudding texture. I serve this with homemade Apple Pie Schnapps, both warm, to guests and no body talked until they were finished!! Great combo! PS there is a schnapps recipe on this website, easier than the rice pudding!!!!"
"There was way too much cinnamon to me. I thought the base was delicious though. in order to counteract the taste of the cinnamon I added lime juice and it was amazing"
"This didn't quite taste authentic to me. There was a lot of cinnamon and it took far too long to cook. I will most likely be using a modified version of this recipe for ny daughter's third birthday (huge in Mexican culture) but it just doesn't taste right. It's still good, however. I'll have my husband tast it when he gets home from work to see what needs to be changed.
Also, a lot of Hispanics eat this dish warm and some leave it runny and serve it as a warm drink with or without chocolate added to it, like a chunky hot chocolate."
"Taste just like my mothers, everyone in my familiy was impressed with it, will deffently use it again"
"This recipe was delicious!! My son was sick one day and I made this for him and he cheered right up.. The whole time it was cooking he said mom that smells good! I did not add the lime and I used a can of condensed milk. It came out wonderful thanks for posting!"
"I used the cinnamon powder not the sticks...Next time I will use the sticks..with half the cinnamon powder...I Loved this recipe...there is a lot of stirring...but very worth it..i did up the temp. 2 to 3 times during the stirring to help the thickening...I thought i stood there a good solid 15 minutes...I also used the lime....Delicious!!!"
"I am extreamly picky when it comes to arroz con leche, and this recipe it worth all the stiring. I did have a little bit of an issue on step 4, with waiting for the pudding to thicken- like another reviewer mentioned I also turned up the heat and brought it to a boil and it seemed to thicken immediately. Overall, a wonderful recipe and I will be making again. Thank you for this contribution."
"We really enjoyed this recipe! I cooked the rice according to the package instructions (slightly less than two cups of water), with lemon zest instead of lime. I reduced the sugar to 1 cup, and found it was still too sweet for my tastes. Next time I'll try 3/4 c. This will definitely be made often."
"The flavour is delicious, but mine is more like rice soup! I think the 3 cups of water is just too much."
"EXCELLENT!! My husband is extremely picky about his rice pudding and he LOVES this recipe."
"This was a happy ending to our Mexican meal! Every bite just got better and better!"
"This recipe reminds me of my grandmothers. I add al ittle more vanilla than instructed because I love it so much. Whenever we go to my in-laws I'm always expected to bring arroz con leche by the pound. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Oh yeah one more thing I dont add raisins and its still just as good."
"Very good. Forgot to put in the raisens and it still worked out. I would probably put in half the sugar next time jsut from a health perspective."
"Taste just like the one my mother used to make when I was young. Instead of using vanilla extract I used whole vanilla beans and added it to the rice when I cooked it in the water with cinammon. It was yummy my husband and daughter laughed it."
"Wow!!! Ok, you know it's good when I come back to rate it with 5 stars only minutes after eating it. It got two thumbs up from everyone including the neighbors. It is so easy, it's not too thick yet not too thin, and the taste is just right. I left out the raisins since I really don't like them. I think orange peel may be a good subsitution next time to give it a twist. I also topped it with a little dollop of Cool Whip. It's going to be a keeper in our house."