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    Crema de Arroz con Leche

    • Serves 4 people
    • Complexity Moderate
    Prep time
    10 mins
    Cook time
    55 mins
    Total time
    1hr 5 mins
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    • 1.5 litres whole milk
    • 200g water
    • 100g paella rice
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 vanilla pod, split in two
    • 50g butter
    • 150g caster sugar, plus extra for the topping
    • 1 tsp salt


    If you like rice pudding, this Crema de Arroz con Leche recipe is your dream come true. This dessert has been made in Casa Gerardo, a family restaurant in Prendes, Asturias for four generations and has reached national recognition. The rice is slowly cooked in whole milk, cinnamon and vanilla until the grain starts to break and becomes a delicious thick cream. The cream is then poured into wide shallow plates, sprinkled with sugar and blow torched like a crème brûlée for a crisp caramel topping.


    1. Start by bringing the milk to the boil in a heavy bottom casserole pan with the cinnamon and vanilla. Cover with cling film and allow the milk to infuse for 15 minutes.
    2. In another saucepan, add the rice and water, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes stirring it regularly until the rice is al dente.
    3. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod from the infused milk and bring the milk to the boil again. Add the cooked rice, reduce the heat to a simmer and using a wooden spoon begin to stir the rice mix for 40 minutes to avoid the rice from sticking to the pan. You will notice how the mix starts to thicken gradually, so make sure you keep stirring it.
    4. Once you got a think cream, add the butter and stir until fully combined. Take the rice cream off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the salt and sugar on a steady flow until fully combined and spoon the mix into individual shallow plates or ramekins and allow the mix to cool down at room temperature.
    5. Once you are ready to serve, sprinkle each plate with caster sugar and blow torch until the sugar has dissolved and you get a beautiful, light brown caramel topping.

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