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Arroz con Leche // Peruvian Rice Pudding

Most Latin countries have delicious versions of rice pudding – but this is my favorite! This is a perfectly creamy delight, and with the addition of port wine at the end, becomes a big kid version of a little kid favorite! This recipe can easily be doubled for larger groups – or just to enjoy more for yourself!

arroz con leche // peruvian rice pudding

Arroz con Leche // Peruvian Rice Pudding

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • Orange peel
  • 1 (497g) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons of port wine


  1. In a large pot, combine rice, water, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Pour in milk and add orange peel; bring the mixture to a simmer again. Allow to simmer 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to cook over a low simmer until the mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and port wine. Temper the mixture by adding 3 tablespoons, one at a time, to the egg mixture, stirring after each addition. Add egg mixture back to the creamy rice and stir to combine.
  5. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon when serving.



14 Responses to “Arroz con Leche // Peruvian Rice Pudding”

  1. I love rice pudding! It’s actually a Christmas sweet in Portugal, also available in so many different versions.Nice photo!PS: My vanilla cookies’ english version is now on. And you’re welcome for some anytime. ;)

    Posted by Suzana | December 2, 2007, 7:07 pm
  2. I normally don’t like rice pudding, but yours looks delicious!Thank you very much for joining SHF #38.

    Posted by zorra | December 3, 2007, 10:18 am
  3. Rice pudding has always been one of my weaknesses, I think of it as real comfort food.

    Posted by Julie | December 3, 2007, 12:46 pm
  4. Suzanna – Thanks!Zorra – Glad to participate!Julie – Weakness? Definitely!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | December 4, 2007, 11:32 pm
  5. Looks fantastic! And that first photo is amazing.Ann

    Posted by redactedrecipes | December 28, 2007, 9:45 am
  6. Looks great. I can’t wait to try this over my regular rice pudding.

    Posted by Kim Stone | December 28, 2007, 6:04 pm
  7. That looks lovely! I will have to try it one of these…after I come down from my sugar high due to the holidays!

    Posted by Cedar | January 2, 2008, 8:03 pm
  8. Ann – Thanks so much!Kim – This one comes highly recommended! It is delicious!Cedar – Hope you are off your sugar high soon so you can try this delight!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | January 3, 2008, 8:57 pm
  9. Mm! The texture of yours looks like porridge! REAL good!I’m a little confused though as to what the texture of rice pudding should be…porridgy, more liquidy, or..what?

    Posted by Eunice | November 19, 2008, 1:03 pm
  10. This sounds great with the port and cloves! I want to try this!

    Posted by Shari@Whisk: a food blog | November 20, 2008, 11:29 am


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