Arroz con leche

Aimee Fortney

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Enjoy this recipe for easy Hispanic rice pudding.

Arroz con leche

This delicious rice pudding is so simple, and it only gets better each day... if it lasts that long.

Arroz con leche

Serves 4


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup short grain rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 long peels from an orange
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins that have been soaked in 1/4 cup rum (optional)


  1. Combine the milk, rice, cinnamon, orange and salt in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, and let it simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring often.
  3. At this point, add the sugar, and if using raisins, add them now.
  4. Stir and let this simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often so your rice does not stick.
  5. Remove your saucepan from the heat and add the butter and vanilla.
  6. Taste and see if you need more cinnamon and sugar, and then you can serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold.

More rice puddings to try

Mexican rice pudding
Almond milk rice pudding
Slow cooker rice pudding


Aimee Fortney
Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.