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Arroz Con Leche Hondureño

From Ana Rivera, United Way Honduras

Recipe Story

Arroz con Leche Hondureño is a very traditional dessert that the whole family can enjoy it. It is usually prepared for the colder months as it is better enjoyed warm. It can also be eaten cold. The arroz con leche (rice with milk) is one of the oldest desserts in Spain. It was originally brought as a dessert when the Muslims conquered the South of the Iberian Peninsula. Today it is found all over Latin America. The Honduran version favors cinnamon over the original citrus flavor and includes raisins.


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 5 cups of milk
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sugar to taste


First, bring 2 cups of milk to a simmer with two cinnamon sticks. Add the rice to the milk and cook covered over low heat. When the rice is cooked, gradually add the rest of the milk. Stir carefully while adding sugar to taste. Then, carefully stir the raisins. Serve warm or cold, and you can sprinkle powdered cinnamon.