Hey guys! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Ah, my mom was asking me which dessert we should make for thanksgiving dinner and without any hesitation I responded ‘arroz con dulce’.
Growing up in Puerto Rico there wasn’t any festive gatherings without some delicious desserts! Arroz con dulce, among a couple others, is my favorite. I wanted to share my great-great grandmothers recipe with you guys. If you’re able to try this dessert out, I think you’ll love it! I remember letting Nick try it out for the first time and we called it ‘rice candy pudding’ so he could understand what he was eating haha. Check down below for our traditionally passed down recipe:
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(Mom worked hard in translating this from Spanish to English so it could make sense for you guys!!! Shout out to mom, thanks for making this happen haha)
1 bag of anise seed
2 bags cinnamon sticks
1 chunk (approximately 6 in long) of ginger (smashed)
7 cups of water
1 and a half cup of sugar or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of salt or to taste
1 can of coconut milk
1 can of evaporated milk
12 oz of water (used to dilute evaporated milk)
3 tablespoons of butter
2 small boxes of raisins
1 cup of medium grain rice (or small but don’t use long grain)
In a large saucepan, put water, anise seed, ginger, cinnamon and bring to boil. Boil for approximately five minutes or until all the flavors are extracted to make a nice ‘tea’. Strain the ‘tea’. In a large cauldron (aka Caldero for my Spanish folks) or just a big ol’ pot add:
6 cups of the tea
12oz of water
TASTE. Adjust to taste. You may want it sweeter or saltier! Once it begins to warm up, add butter and stir. Bring the temperature to high. When it begins to boil add the rice and stir. Bring the temperature to medium. Stir. Once it thickens a bit add the raisins. Let is simmer on medium low. Stir occasionally. Once it has thickened and most of the liquid has evaporated, pour into your serving plate. We like to let it cool, so I would put it in the fridge during dinner. When you’re ready for dessert, take it out and enjoy!
(Mom’s Suggestion: Serve it warm with some ice cream on top!)
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your loved ones. I’m super thankful for God’s love and his sacrifrice on the cross for me and you! I’ve been blessed me with tons on amazing people who all have amazing hearts. I’m thankful for the oppurtunities I’ve recieved so far and for what’s to come! What are you thankful for?