Don’t you just love when a dish has the secret ability of tele-transporting you to your childhood?
Food is powerful, and it definitely can help uncover some memories… even in me, someone who usually forgets what she was wearing in the morning.
So to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month I wanted to make a recipe that’s dear to my heart and that was featured in my house, my grandma’s house, my other relatives’ houses, my friends’ houses… you get the picture.
It’s huge. It’s amazing.
It’s Arroz con leche!!
And it’s so non-threatening and easy to prepare!
Check out this quick recipe video to learn how to make it:
The Latino version of the dish originated in Spain and the Spaniards brought it to America. However, I discovered there is a type of rice pudding in maaany many countries around the world! There are slight variations on how you prepare it within the different countries (I know for example that the Mexican one is more liquid, like you could even put it in a bowl and take it as a soup haha). In Puerto Rico and Brazil they make it with coconut milk and call it Arroz con Dulce and Arroz Doce (respectively). They have rice pudding with saffron in many places like Iran and with rosewater in Egypt and Algeria. It’s a dish usually made into a pudding but it can be baked too! There are even arroz con leche tamales (at this awesome place in San Fernando, CA)!!
The song that I’m singing at the beginning of the video is a very traditional children’s tune, although I think I might have messed up the lyrics. Or maybe it’s just because, just like the differences in arroz con leche recipes, we’ve changed some things from the original Spanish tune.
You can have it for breakfast or as a snack. People in Honduras usually have them at posadas or in Semana Santa (Holy Week). Either way, just savor it. It’s MOUTH-WATERING-AMAZING!!!
What dishes bring back memories from your childhood?
Arroz con Leche recipe (rice pudding)
Prep time: 5 min Cooking time: 20-25 min Total time: 30 min
—> For preparation steps, see the Arroz con Leche recipe video I posted above!
For 3-4 servings (in small ramekins, glasses, etc.)
- 1 cup of long-grain white rice
- 2 cups of water
- ½ cup of whole milk
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- 1 cup of condensed milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1 pinch of salt
- sticks of cinnamon (3 or according to how many ramekins you serve)
- powdered cinnamon (to decorate)