Arroz Doce – Portuguese Rice Pudding

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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


3 cups whole milk (scalding)
3  egg yolks
1 cup rice (preferably Carolina short grain)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1 slices of lemon zest
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cinnamon stick
Powdered Cinnamon
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1. In a large heavy saucepan, bring the water, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel to a boil.
2. Add rice, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until all the water has evaporated.
3. Add the hot milk and cook for at least 25 minutes on low heat stirring once in a while.
4. 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.

Remove lemon peel and 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.


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3 Responses

  1. Tina Quiterio says:

    I remember this tradition, but as a child I never cared for this dessert. I’ll be over tomorrow to try some!!!

  2. Tia Maria says:

    See you there. You’ll love it!

  3. Antoinette says:

    How do I print on an 8 1/2 x 11

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