Recipe: Spanish arroz con leche

¡Hi Spaneasiers! In Spaneasy we want you to live an actual Spanish immersion, that is why we are going to show you how to cook arroz con leche. It is a traditional dessert made with milk and rice. We love having it after lunch, but also as breakfast in the morning or as a snack in the afternoon. No one who has a sweet tooth can resit this delicious dessert!



1.5 liter milk

200 gram rice

Peel of a lemon

180 gram refined sugar

25 gram butter

3 cinnamon sticks




Step 1: Soak the rice in boiling water (1.5 liter) for 20 minutes. Then drain the rice.

Step 2: Soak the cinnamon sticks, the butter and the peel of a lemon in milk (1.5 liter). Remember that we just want the yellow part of the peel, otherwise the white part would make the dessert bitter.

Step 3: When the milk starts boiling, take half of it along with a cinnamon stick and a piece of the peel and keep it warm in a different saucepan.

Step 4: Now we have two different saucepans. Take the first one and add the rice in it. Let it boil and stir the rice constantly.

Step 5: Once the milk has reduced, use the milk of the second saucepan and add it slowly to the first one.

Step 6: In about an hour and a half, all the milk will have reduced and will be creamy.

Step 7: Let it cool and sprinkle cinnamon. Your traditional arroz con leche is ready to be served. Enjoy!


If you are keen on cooking, we suggest reading Receta: mini-tartitas and Receta: cómo hacer un cocido madrileño.

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