Sunday, August 7, 2011

Portuguese Sweet Rice/ Arroz Doce

This recipe always brings back such wonderful childhood memories for me. The smell of this sweet rice cooking on the stove always puts a smile on my face. My mom never had a Christmas Eve celebration without this being on the table for everyone to feast on. I just hope that my children have the same sweet memories. This recipe is so wonderful because all of the ingredients get dumped into one pot and cooks slowly. You don't have to fuss or muss over it. You will need:

4 cups of whole milk
4 cups of water
2 cups of sugar
4 Tbs. of unsalted butter
Lemon rind from 1 lemon (you will need to remove the rind in big pieces with a pairing knife)
1 tsp. of salt
2 cups of rice (River Rice)
6 egg yolks that have been beaten
1 Tbs. of ground cinnamon

In a non-stick 6 quart pan over medium heat add milk, water, sugar, butter, lemon rind and salt. Stir and let it come to a boil. Add the rice slowly, constantly stirring. Let this mixture come to a boil and lower the heat to low. Stir occasionally just to ensure that the rice is not clumping up. Let it cook for about 45 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove the lemon rind. Add about 1/2 cup of the rice to the egg yolks to temper them. Then add the egg yolks to the rice, stirring vigorously to prevent making scrambled eggs. Pour the rice onto a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon. I hope you enjoy this sweet rice as much as my family and I do.


  1. I love this recipe it brings me back to my childhood.

  2. I feel the same about this arroz doce recipe. The smell sends me years back to when I was a little girl.