Whenever I want a taste of home I make arroz con leche.
As a Latina, food and family have been two very prominent aspects of my life. This sweet breakfast (lunch and dinner) desert is something that my mother has made for me whenever and I was upset or just feeling down. It is the taste of all things warm and homey, and with just the right amount of sweetness and spice.
For those of you who have never heard of arroz con leche, let me just tell you about how amazing it is!
In translation, arroz con leche means rice and milk, and is very similar in texture and concept to oatmeal. Cinnamon, among other flavors, add a nice kick to this desert (or meal or late night snack or second breakfast– however you would like to eat this).
The basics ingredients are just 4 simple things (5 technically): rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon (and water).
Since I tend to eye-ball this recipe, I don’t know the exact measurements of the ingredients; however, I will let you know the instructions to follow.
- First, boil rice (as much as you like) in a pot of water, making sure that the rice is always covered.
- Once the rice is soft (no hard centers–unless you like it that way), drain some of the water out, turn the heat on low and pour in some milk. Allow this to simmer for awhile until the rice begins to look more like a porridge. If you do not like this consistency, feel free to turn off the heat earlier on.
- Add in sugar and cinnamon to taste.
- Other ingredients you can add: pumpkin spice, maple syrup, nutmeg, raisins, fruit, vanilla extract, almond extract….the choices are unlimited!
Overall, arroz con leche is the perfect pick-me-up!
There are tons of recipes all over the web, so take a look and find something that suits your taste buds!
After all, it’s always important to
Go forth and produce something sweet!
– Short&Sweet KG –