About a month ago I felt myself having a real craving for it; and with my grandmother being in Portugal I took it upon myself to make it. It all began with a telephone call to Portugal to my Avo; needless to say she was elated to learn I wanted to make this! What I realized at that point is that she didn’t have a recipe. Not exactly what you want to find out when you want something that tastes exactly like hers. She gave me a rough idea of how to make it and roughly the ingredient amounts. So off I went to recreate it.
So I made it one morning before visiting my family. The consensus was that it wasn’t quite right. Too sweet, not enough salt…but it was nice and creamy. Each person makes it differently but below is my version and I believe it tastes just like my grandmas.
Arroz Doce- Portuguese Rice Pudding
Makes 8-10 servings
4 cups water
1 lemon peel
2 Tbsp Butter (salted or unsalted- I prefer salted)
1/2 Tsp salt
1 cup short grain rice (I like italian style, but not arborio)
2 cups very hot milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 egg yolks
Cinnamon for garnish
In a saucepan, bring water, lemon peel, butter and salt to a boil. When it is boiling add the rice and reduce heat to a simmer for about 25 minutes or until almost all the water has been absorbed then add the hot milk. Continue to let simmer for about 5 minutes then add the sugar.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks together and add a few tablespoons of the rice mixture to temper the eggs. Add the egg mixture quickly into the saucepan. Let the rice continue to simmer for about 10 minutes to allow rice to thicken. The rice should not completely absorb the liquid is should form a nice creamy consistency. Remove lemon peel and transfer to one large serving dish or ramekins and garnish with cinnamon.
It’s sweet. It’s creamy. It’s perfect. For as long as I can remember I have been eating Arroz Doce. My grandmother faithfully prepares this dessert for us almost on a weekly basis, and while living at home you begin to take it for granted. Now living on my own I often wish I could have a bite, nice and warm straight from the pot.