It sure doesn’t feel like Spring here in the Midwest. Since the temperatures are still freezing and chilly, I find myself still craving wintry types of food that are warming + comforting. One of my new favorite comfort recipes would definitely have to be the Arroz con Leche recipe that I shared back in December. I didn’t grow up getting rice pudding, but now I cannot get enough of this stuff. Since it is officially Spring,even though it doesn’t feel like it, I thought that I would take my Arroz con Leche recipe and put a Spring twist on it.
During the Spring, I love adding lemon zest + juice to recipes to brighten them up. Lemon rind is added to the rice as it cooks. By cooking the rind with the rice, it adds tons of bright, citrusy lemon flavor to the pudding. To amp of the flavor even more, pure vanilla extract is added in at the end along with some lemon zest. When I cook with zest + the rind of citrus fruits, I try and buy organic whenever I possibly can.
This rice pudding can be made in advance. Simply reheat on the stove. The pudding does thicken up quite a bit as it cools and sits overnight. Add in a splash of almond or soy milk when you reheat the pudding. If you like dried fruit with your rice pudding, dried cherries are really delicious in the pudding. When I had some of the leftover rice pudding, I added in some dried Michigan cherries and it was really delicious.