Coconut, raisins, sticky rice and winter spices make this a classic holiday treat in Puerto Rico.
Arroz con dulce is a traditional Christmas dessert in Puerto Rico. It’s name means "sweet rice," which is a fairly accurate description for this rice pudding with coconut, raisins, and spices that we normally associate with the holidays – (cinnamon, ginger, cloves). It's very popular during the holidays but you can enjoy it any time of year.
Some people like to add a little orange extract and others like to use currants or dried cranberries in place of raisins. It’s very easy to add your special touch and make it your own.
In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water to a simmer. Add the salt, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and ginger. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the flavors are infused into the water. Remove the spices and save the infused water.
Add coconut milk and bring to a boil.
Add rice, raisins, coconut flakes and sugar. Stir and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
Remove the lid and stir. Continue to cook for another 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked through and creamy. The water should be absorbed.
When the rice is cooked, pour into your serving dish or individual dishes. Allow to cool and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.