Creamy Portuguese Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce)
Creamy Portuguese rice pudding isn't your average rice pudding. Learn how to make this fun and delicious sweet rice dessert.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2 ¼cups water
- ½teaspoon salt
- Peel of 1 lemon (cut into long strips, avoid as much of the white pith as possible)
- 1cup rice (short-grain, arborio is a good choice)
- 2cups milk (hot, you can substitute some of this with cream, if you like, for a richer consistency and flavor)
- Garnish: ground cinnamon
- Garnish: paper-thin slices of lemon
Step 1Place the water, salt, and lemon peel into a medium pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and allow the water to simmer with a lid on for about 15 minutes.
Step 2Remove the lemon peel from the water with a slotted spoon and discard.
Step 3Add the rice to the water and bring it back up to a boil. Then reduce it to a simmer and allow the rice to absorb all of the water (about 10 minutes).
Step 4Now slowly add the hot milk, a bit at a time, to the rice mixture. After each addition (of about 1/2 cup), allow the liquid to absorb before adding the next batch of milk. Stir frequently and keep the heat low, so that the rice does not burn at the bottom of the pan. This should take about 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 5Pour the rice into a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and the lemon slice if you like.
Step 6Chill the rice and then serve.