3rd Day of Christmas Treats: Arroz con Leche

Simple and delicious.  This is comfort food at it's best!  While serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, my friend Concha taught me how this is made in her native country of Mexico.  Arroz con Leche is a thinner version of rice pudding.  While it does thicken, it will still have some milk that isn't completely incorporated into the mixture.  This is a great way to use up any leftover rice in your refrigerator or you can make up a new batch using 1 cup of uncooked rice.  Cook according to the package directions before continuing with the recipe below.

Arroz con Leche (rice with milk)

2 cups leftover rice
4 cups whole milk
1/2-3/4 cups sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of salt

Place all ingredients into a 3 quart saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the cinnamon stick.  The mixture will be the consistency of cream and will thicken as it cools.  This is best served warm.

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