Portuguese Rice Pudding

IMG_8021After another crazy week only focusing on dissertation I decided to celebrate the delivery of my first draft this weekend with some homely dessert…

Sweet Rice, called Rice Pudding in the UK, is a very traditional Portuguese sweet that my grandmother use to make. She didn’t like cooking but she made the best Sweet Rice I’ve ever tried…


Portuguese Rice Pudding (serves 10)

  • 250 g of rice for pudding (carolino in Portugal)
  • 0.5 l of water
  • salt
  • 3 pieces of lemon peel
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tea spoon of butter
  • 3.5 cups of milk (4 to 5 cups if using carolino rice)
  • 250 g of sugar
  1. In a pan cook in low fire the rice in the boiling water, seasoned with a pinch of salt, the lemon peel and the cinnamon. Let it cook until the water evaporates.IMG_7892
  2. Add the butter and a cup of milk to the rice and stir gently. Keep the fire low and stir occasionally to assure that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.IMG_7903
  3. When the rice starts to get a bit dry, add some more milk. Repeat this procedure as often as needed making sure the rice never gets dry. You should cook the rice for approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the pan and type of stove you are using. If you’re using carolino rice it may take a bit longer for the rice to cook.IMG_7922
  4. When the rice is cooked (try it if needed) add the sugar and stir well. Let it cook in low fire for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Add more milk in case it gets dry. I usually like my Rice Pudding runny so I tend to add a bit more milk.IMG_7918
  5. Take the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick out of the rice. Pour into plates or bowls and serve sprinkled with cinnamon.

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