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Catholic Recipe: Arroz Dulce


  • 1/2 cup raw rice
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk or cocoanut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+

Origin: Spain


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Also Called: Coconut Rice, Sweet Rice

This following recipe from Puerto Rico may be used with cocoanut milk; but it is equally delicious as plain American rice pudding when cow's milk is used. Prepared ahead of time, it I gives a mother a chance to enjoy Christmas morning. (Cocoanut milk may be purchased in stores in Spanish sections or may be made by soaking a package of dry cocoanut for an hour in one cup and a half of water and then straining it.)


Wash rice. Put in a saucepan with the boiling water and boil 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Scald milk in top of double boiler over boiling water. Add the rice, sugar, raisins, and salt, and cook, covered, until rice is tender — about 40 minutes. Beat egg well, and add to it 2 heaping tablespoons of the rice mixture. Mix well and pour back into remaining rice mixture in the double boiler. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and mix well. Serve warm or cold.

Recipe Source: Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota