Arroz con Leche



  1. 1 cup long-grain white rice
  2. 2 cinnamon sticks
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  4. 3 whole cloves
  5. 4 cups water
  6. 1 egg
  7. 3 cups whole milk
  8. 1 (12-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  9. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup raisins, optional


  1. Soak the rice, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and whole cloves in the water in a heavy saucepan for 1 hour.
  2. After soaking, bring the rice mixture to a boil on high heat, uncovered.
  3. When it starts to boil (about 5 minutes), lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 to 12 more minutes or until water is almost evaporated.
  4. While rice is cooking, beat the egg in a bowl.
  5. Add the milk and stir well to mix.
  6. Add the egg mixture, vanilla extract and condensed milk to the rice and cook over medium-low heat, stirring carefully, until it thickens slightly or until desired consistency, about 25 to 35 minutes.
  7. Let cool uncovered.
  8. Note: be aware that as the rice cools it thickens.
  9. The finished product will be thinner than traditional rice pudding.