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This Portuguese sweet rice pudding recipe (receita de arroz doce) is very popular and makes an amazing dessert.
Preparation time:
20 min
Cooking Time:
20 min
Ready In:
40 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Sweet Rice Pudding Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Sweet Rice Pudding Recipe

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Posted in: Dessert Recipes
Sat, Jan 9, 2016
5 out of 5 with 377 ratings
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2 cups of water1 cup of short grain (arborio) rice2 cups of hot milk (whole works best)1 cup of sugar1 fresh lemon rind (use a vegetable peeler for big pieces for easier removal)Cinnamon2 egg yolks (optional) Get Portuguese groceries & stuff Get Portuguese groceries and other stuff at Amazon.com

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  1. Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan.
  2. Add rice and cover, simmering for 20 minutes.
  3. Add milk, sugar and lemon rind, stirring constantly until thickened to oatmeal consistency, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. It will also thicken some while cooling.
  5. Add 2 egg yolks slowly while mixing (optional).
  6. Pour into one large serving plate and remove lemon rind.
  7. Spread flat and allow to cool on wire rack.
  8. You can be decorative with cinnamon by pinching a bit between your fingers and place while your hand is no more than an inch away from the rice (criss cross patterns are traditional), or you can just dust the entire top with the cinnamon.
  9. Serve at room temp, but refrigerate uneaten portion.
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Silvia - Friday, October 8, 2021, 2 Weeks ago
I like this recipe but mine was very liquidy with the 4 cups of liquid if I had followed the time directions. I had to add another almost 40 minutes of coming time to make sure the rice was fully cooked and not too liquidy. Also, I think one cup of sugar is good if you like it extremely sweet, otherwise maybe 1/2 cup then add more if needed. I will definitely make this again and try to tweak it a bit.

Did you use arborio rice Silvia?
2 Weeks ago, Saturday, October 9, 2021 (+0) (-0)
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