While growing up I was never very fond of rice pudding. I always found it strange to eat sweet rice, for me rice was something that was savory and I never was quite able to stomach sweet rice. When I first came to Brazil in 2005 I was a little bit surprised to see how popular rice pudding was. At almost every restaurant I went to they had some form of rice pudding for desert. Me, still being a little queasy about rice pudding never gave it a try. It was only until recently that I tried it and actually enjoyed it a lot.
So, I decided to make it at home! The recipe was really nice and easy and the rice pudding turned out delicious. What I particularly liked about this recipe is that the rice pudding is made with some lemon and orange peels, so the flavor of lemon and orange come through when eating the rice pudding. The flavoring is subtle, but just perfect. Top this rice pudding with a little bit of cinnamon and you have the perfect desert!
BRAZILIAN RICE PUDDING
Wash the rice with cold water. Wash until the water runs clean. Set aside.
In a medium pan heat the water, lemon and orange peels and cinnamon stick. After the water boils for 1 minute add the washed rice, half cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked. Lower the heat, add the milk and sugar and cook for another 30 minutes until you have a runny but shiny cream (do not leave to boil too long as the pudding will become from dense when cool). Remove from the heat. Pour into a serving bowl, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon powder and serve warm or cold. If serving cold, put in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours before serving.