Arroz Con Dulce (Coconut Rice Pudding)

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If there is one thing that I must have on my plate at some point during Christmas it’s arroz con dulce.  Which basically translates to rice candy.  It’s a sticky sweet coconut rice treat with cinnamon and raisins tossed in.  Its delicious, its sweet , it’s sticky and for me it is Christmas.

I have fond memories of making this treat with my mother.  The smell of coconut and cinnamon would fill the air and it smelled like Christmas.  When she would pour it into the pan to cool, I would sneak in and steal some when she wasn’t looking.  It was easy to hide the hole went it was still warm, a little more difficult once it cooled.  My favorite was to fish the raisins out and lick the cinnamon sticks.  I know that may sound odd but I am who I am….odd.

This dessert does require a bit of planning ahead.  First rinse the rice and soak in a generous amount of water overnight.

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The day of preparation combine 4 cups of coconut milk, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a medium size nonstick pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to moderate, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Drain rice thoroughly and add to pot.

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Mix and bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until rice is almost dry, stirring occasionally.

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Add the sugar and raisins, stir until well combined and bring to a boil.

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Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes frequently stirring to keep from sticking to the bottom.

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Add reserved 3/4 cup coconut milk and stir. Turn heat to moderate until it comes to a slow boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until rice becomes thick like a pudding. Stirring rice occasionally and scrape bottom of pot making sure it doesn’t stick.

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Turn heat to moderate and boil for about 20 minutes, or until rice dries again. In this cooking period, turn rice over occasionally and scrape bottom of pot.

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You can serve yourself a bit at this point.  Traditionally it is served cold, but it can be a treat served warm too.

Remove spices. Spoon rice into a flat serving platter. Allow to cool at room temperature before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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I can’t even begin to express how much I love this stuff.  How I waited with anticipation every time my mother prepared it for whatever holiday event we were attending.

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Once it’s cooled in the pan it will firm.  You can either cut it out and serve in squares or scoop out.  Either way it’s stinking delicious creamy, sticky, goodness.

If you want to try something different or traditional, depending on who you are, you will love this one. Now if you don’t mind it’s 11 pm and I have a full tray in the fridge that calls for my attention.

I have to get it out of the house before I meat my total demise.  It will be making an appearance at the husband’s office mañana.

Arroz Con Dulce
 
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Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups short grain rice soaked overnight
  • 4 cups coconut milk + ¾ coconut milk (reserved for the end)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ tsp of ginger
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg-optional
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Soak in a generous amount of water overnight.

  2. The day of preparation combine 4 cups of coconut milk, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a medium size nonstick pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to moderate, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Drain rice thoroughly and add to pot. Mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until rice is almost dry, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the sugar and raisins, stir until well combined and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes frequently stirring to keep from sticking to the bottom.

  5. Add reserved ¾ cup coconut milk and stir. Turn heat to moderate until it comes to a slow boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until rice becomes thick like a pudding. Stirring rice occasionally and scrape bottom of pot making sure it doesn't stick.

  6. Remove spices. Spoon rice into a flat serving platter. Allow to cool at room temperature before serving. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup

Comments

  1. Jess says

    How much does this recipe make, if a serving is a cup? I’m thinking this serves a lot of people but I only need it for 6.

    • says

      Para esta receta use un grano corto, pero puedes usar mediano si es lo que tienes. La cantidad del liquido deber ser igual. Si ten encuentras necesitando más para ablandar el arroz tú puedes usar un poco de agua para no tener que abrir otra lata de leche de coco.

  2. Irma says

    Instead of sugar I use 1/2 can of condense milk…add 1/2 stick of butter…and I sprinkle ground cinnamon on top when I plate it.

  3. Maite says

    Wow this one really brought back memories Mese. she would make a batch just for us sometimes and I remember one time mami telling us to s wash a spoon instead of taking a new spoon each time we opened the fridge to pick at it. I guess the sink kept filling up with spoons. LOL

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