Looking for a fun dessert? This Mexican sweet rice is the perfect recipe.
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When we lived in Michigan one of the things I missed most was HEB. I literally grew up going there and they have some of the best products. From the pre-seasoned fajitas to the Texas shaped corn chips or cheese. There was so much that I missed when we lived up north!
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I missed the craziest things while we lived in Michigan. Homemade tortillas smothered in butter. Quesadillas with extra grilled onions. Big fat avocados. Homemade arroz con leche. All things comfort food that I grew up enjoying.
Arroz con leche means rice with milk if you translate it correctly but most people call it Mexican sweet rice. And that’s essentially what it is – rice pudding drenched in sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. It’s absolutely delicious! The best part of this sweet treat is that it is really easy to make. Toss all the right ingredients together and then let it simmer to perfection.
To make this easy sweet rice recipe you need just a few ingredients – rice being one of them! Once you have all your ingredients you start with adding the cinnamon sticks to the water until it boils. This infuses the water with a cinnamon-y goodness. Once the water has started to boil you add in the rice and reduce the heat. Allow the water to boil until the rice is almost soft and then add half the milk.
This is where is starts to get good yall! The rice starts to thicken and the milk and cinnamon combine together to create a dreamy dessert. But it gets better! You then drizzle in the sweetened condensed milk over the already creamy rice. Stir it together, remove the cinnamon sticks and allow to cool. Which is easier said then done!
You can sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top and you have arroz con leche perfection!
I think the best part about this recipe is that it’s also great for breakfast. My kids gobbled it up the next morning. We just added a little extra milk before we warmed it up and it was so, so good!
PS.. I made arroz con leche popsicles! Check them out for a cool treat!
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- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup white rice
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- ground cinnamon for topping
- In a large saucepan, bring the water and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Add the rice, reduce heat and bring to a boil again.
- Stir in 2 cups of the milk until the rice starts to thicken. Add in the other two cups of milk, vanilla extract and the sweetened and condensed milk. Allow to simmer until til thick or your desired consistency.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks, allow to cool, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
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