Arroz Doce – Sweet Rice Pudding, has always been my family’s favorite served on Christmas Eve. This is one of the most famous Portuguese desserts served around the Holidays and at celebrations. But I everyone loves it any time of the year! It’s pure Portuguese comfort in one bite!
Aletria, a sweet pasta dessert is also a traditional dessert for the Holidays. Enjoy!
Makes 6-8 servings
InstructionsIn a large heavy saucepan, bring the water, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel to a boil. Add rice, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until all the water has evaporated.
Add the hot milk and cook for at least 25 minutes on low heat stirring once in a while. Add the sugar, stir and cook for 5 minutes longer. Turn off heat.
Meanwhile beat egg yolks. Temper the eggs by adding a few tablespoons of the rice mixture to the eggs and mix well.
Remove from heat. Add the remaining eggs into the rice and stir well. *Be sure the rice is not boiling. Simmer for about 1 minute. Take out the lemon peel and the cinnamon stick.
Pour into a large serving platter or individual servings. Let cool and garnish with powdered cinnamon.
To make design: Dip a small shot glass into water, then into the cinnamon.
Gently indent desired circles to form design of your choice.
Store in refrigerator up to 3 days.
Here’s the gallery of the photos I took.