Recipe from Portugal! Making a traditional, gluten-free Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe for dessert is so easy. It's quick and easy to make and a must in my family for Easter Sunday.
While my mom was here she decided to make that on her last day to make my favorite Portuguese dessert. Which is never a disappointment and brings back many childhood memories. You see it is a very common dessert to bring to peoples home and celebrate any special occasion.
I love the creamy taste of the Rice Custard and when visiting Portugal, you will commonly see it on the menu or pick it up ready to go from the grocery store. Another thing that this dessert has is a little cinnamon on top.
I am not a fan of cinnamon so I left it out. It is very easy to make and I usually have all the ingredients at home so if I ever have to just whip it up for a craving or a get together, I’m always prepared to make this Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe.
Step by Step - Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe
I always pick my bowls in advance and set on the table so when I'm done with everything I just pour right into the bowls or in a glass pie dish.
3,Once the rice starts to cook add the sugar and mix, in a separate bowl mix the egg yolk, vanilla and milk and stir.
4.Turn your heat down and add the mixture to the rice in the pot while mixing steadily and fast so not to cook the egg yolk and have a custard base.
5.Pour the rice into a pie dish or bowls and let the rice cool. About 4 hours.
6.Top with fruit or cinnamon.
You can always add a little anise in the rice once it's done cooking with raisins for a little extra in the Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe. Also a little sprinkle of cinnamon is traditional before serving.
Ways to Serve
I like to serve it with fresh fruit on the side such as mangos, strawberries or even green grapes. I tend to spoon it into a bowl and serve it with fruit on top.
When cooking the rice, I tend to watch it cook so not to over cook it. I also rinse my rice under cold water, it helps it to cook it better and holds the shape of the grain,
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Portuguese Rice Custard Recipe
- 1 cup rice
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 lemon, peel size of your thumb
- 4 cups water
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
Add the 4 cups of water, salt, a wedge of lemon, with a stick of cinnamon into the pot along with the rice. Start cooking the rice for about 15 minutes.
Add the 2 cup of room temperature milk slowly as the rice cooks and stir quickly.
Once the rice starts to cook add the sugar and mix everything together.
Turn heat down to medium and stir as it cooks. About 20 minutes until you see this creamy looking rice.
In a separate bowl mix the egg yolk, vanilla and 1 cup of milk and stir.
Turn your heat down and add the mixture to the rice in the pot while mixing steadily and fast so not to cook the egg yolk and have a lumpy custard base.
Pour the rice into a pie dish and let the rice cool. About 4 hours
Top with fruit or cinnamon
When cooking the rice, I tend to watch it cook so not to over cook it.
I also rinse my rice under cold water, it helps not become too starchy.
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