Friday, April 26, 2013

Rice Atole (Mexican Rice Pudding/Arroz Con Leche)

I'm still sharing Mexican dishes in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  Some foods are common to many nations.  This is a simple Mexican rice and milk dish that will warm you and please you.  

1 1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
2 cups water
2 small cinnamon stick 
4 cups warmed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or more, to taste)
3/4 cup sugar

In a large saucepan, combine water, rice and cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot and heat for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed.  It will not be fully cooked though.

Add the warmed milk, cover and continue to cook over low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes stirring after 10 minutes. The mixture will thicken as the rice absorbs the milk.

Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to simmer (uncovered) for 3 to 5 minutes to dissolve sugar completely.  It will thicken even more as it cools.

Place into individual custard cups. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon for garnish. Serve warm or cold, for dessert, snack, or breakfast.

I'll share another Mexican dish tomorrow.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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