Diversity Committee Shares a Recipe

The CPCC Diversity Committee would like you to try this tasty recipe from Colombia.  Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) is popular throughout  Latin America, and this typical Colombian version makes a delicious yet Rice Puddingsimple dessert!


Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, washed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) can sweetened condensed milk


1.     In a small pot, add water and cinnamon sticks, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Set aside and discard cinnamon sticks.

2.     Place the rice and the cinnamon water in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook for 5 minutes.

3.     Add salt, butter, vanilla extract, 2 cups of milk, and sugar. Stir well to mix and cook uncovered for approximately 15 minutes.

4.     Reduce heat to medium low. Add the remaining milk and condensed milk. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the rice pudding thickens to desire consistency.

5.     Stir well and remove from heat, and let it cool to room temperature. The consistency should be very creamy. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Adapted from www.mycolombianrecipes.com