Hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday. I was grateful to have a week off of work to spend at home, as well as with family. With my free time, I spent a great deal in the kitchen cooking. Specifically, I decided to try my hand at preparing a traditional, Puerto Rican family dessert called arroz con dulce (translation: sweet rice pudding).
My mom prepared a batch the weekend before. But since she lives too far, I wasn't fortunate enough to get some (boo-hoo). Seeing pictures, got me in the mood to have some! So, I called her up to discuss the details of the recipe. This family recipe was passed on from my great grandmother (my Abuelita). I have wonderful memories of my Abuelita, growing up as a teen. She was a kind soul with a sweet smile. Anything she cooked or baked you could tell was made with love. Nothing tastes like her dishes, no matter how many times you try to re-create it.
For those who have made this dessert before or want to try it for the first time, it is labor intensive and something you don't want to rush (i.e., cooking on high heat).
Here's what you'll need:
I had trouble finding small/short grain, white rice. My supermarkets don't carry it for some reason. I ended up using medium grain for this recipe. I also soaked my raisins in rum (but you really couldn't taste it and you don't have to add this).
One thing to note, when adding sugar to the mixture, I started off with a cup and slowly added a little at a time. The original recipe called for three cups of sugar, but that would have been too sweet for me. My mom said she doesn't measure so taste as you go.
|The spices have been boiling for 20 minutes and you can see the brown color|
|After straining all the spices, your spice water is now ready for the rice.|
|Adding the raisins|
|After a few hours, on a low heat setting, you will start to see the rice thicken up|
|Thickening up to the consistency you want.|
|Poor in a dish and sprinkle with cinnamon|
Allow the arroz con dulce to cool down at room temperature before placing in the refrigerator. You can cover with saran wrap after it has cooled and place in the fridge.
Once it's ready, display in your favorite dish or bowl and present to your dessert to family/friends.
I brought a plate over to my in-laws on Christmas Eve. My stepmother-in-law's mother (who's in her 80's) tasted my arroz con dulce and said it tasted just like her mom used to make. I was beyond excited and relieved she liked it. Coming from a Latina woman (an elder at that), is saying A LOT!!!
Looking forward to the last few days of 2015 and looking forward to nothing but good things for 2016. Thank you all for following along on my blog showing interest and support. It means the world to me and it's what helps me keep going!
I'll be back a week from now (January 4). For now, wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!