Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)


It is true that there is no food like the food mum cooks for you! This arroz con leche is my mummy’s recipe, she taught me how to make it, so I can do it for my children and now Mexican rice pudding is my children’s favourite dessert!

Let me know if you like the recipe x

Cook time 45 min

Serves 5


  • 200 gr short grain white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 piloncillo 75 gr grated or Demerara sugar
  • 950 ml water
  • 750 whole milk
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Ground cinnamon for dusting
  • Raisins (optional)


  1. Soak the rice in the water 30 min before cooking.
  2. Put the rice to cook at high heat and add the pinch of salt and the cinnamon stick. Once start boiling lower the heat all the way down.
  3. Add the whole milk, the condense milk, the piloncillo and the vanilla essence.
  4. Stir from time to time making sure that it does not stick on the bottom; this is the most important step, because if it sticks on the bottom, that rice will eventually burn and it will change the flavour of the rice pudding.
  5. After 25 min of cooking, the rice has to be cooked through. Turn the heat off and let it cool slightly.
  6. Serve it in nice glasses and sprinkle some ground cinnamon and add some raising if you fancy.



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  1. Vanessa Enriquez says:

    I always turn to you for my favorite comforting treats from my childhood. This recipe looks great. Thank you! I hope you’ll do a cookbook one day. I don’t know any easy-to-find Mexican cookbooks written by Mexican cooks. I love Rick Stein’s recent book, but yours would be better! Just saying. Haha! In the meantime, do you know of any Mexican cookbooks by Mexican authors 😀 xx

    1. Hi Vanessa! Thank you for such a lovely comment! I am glad my to hear you like my recipes. I hope as well to write a recipe book one day.
      There is a nice Mexican recipe book that I really like, the name of the book is “Nopalitos”

      1. Vanessa Enriquez says:

        I will definitely buy it then! It looks good! Thanks for your generosity. I hope your book dream comes true one day xx

      2. Thank you Vanessa xx

  2. Is this best served hot or cold?

    1. Hi, both ways are good, depending on the person. Here my son loves his arroz con Leche hot and my daughter likes it cold.

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