10222019133749_500x500-1We return to The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, Anniversary Edition for today’s “Quarantine Cooking” episode! Bryan Lutz, IT director at UPF, tried out the book’s recipe for Rice Pudding.

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Bryan’s comments: 

Because we are living through a brief time where accessing certain ingredients can be challenging, we scoured The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook to find a recipe with ingredients that were already in our kitchen. We came across the rice pudding recipe. Growing up, rice pudding was always my dad’s go-to dessert. I had never really given it a chance. So, we decided to go for it.

As this was our first attempt at making the recipe, we decided to keep it true to the ingredients listed. We ended up simmering it for about 40 minutes to get the consistency just right.

The result was a delicious, texture inclusive dessert! The aroma in the kitchen was lovely and it was like eating cinnamon French toast for dessert. We cannot wait to make it again and share some with dad.

Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche)

Serves 6

  • ½ cup short-grained rice, uncooked
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 strips lemon peel
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  1. Combine rice, water, salt, and lemon peel; bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until rice is done (about 18 minutes). Remove lemon peel.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, scald milk (heat until bubbles form at edge), with cinnamon stick. Add milk and cinnamon stick to cooked rice and cook over low heat, stirring often with wooden spoon.
  3. When mixture is creamy, add sugar and continue cooking and stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick. Pudding should be creamy and not too thick; it will thicken as it cools.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

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