Spanish Rice Pudding

This recipe brings back memories of my childhood and the Holidays. I looked forward to going to my Godmothers house and smelling the lemon and cinnamon in the air. When she made the rice pudding she would always pull out the cinnamon stick after the pudding was done and give it to me so I could suck on it. She would also make a similar rice pudding with Coconut milk, that recipe is gone. 

2 cups water

4 strips lemon rind (½” x 3”)

2 thin slices fresh ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick (additional for garnish)

¼ tsp salt

1 cup long grain rice

8 cups whole milk

4 egg yolks

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups sugar

1 cup raisins


Bring water, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, and salt to a boil. Add rice to pot then turn heat to low, cover and cook rice for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl whisk milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar together then add mixture to rice pot. Cook uncovered at medium low heat for 35 minutes stirring often. When done add raisins, pour into bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let cool for ½ hour at room temperature before placing pudding in refrigerator to chill.


About Renee Lalane
I was born and raised in New York. Later in life I moved to Central Florida. I am of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Puerto Rican and Cuban decent. I have been working in the restaurant business for most of my life and have owned five along the way. Recently I became aware of the fact that as my elders passed away their recipes passed with them. I call these recipes "Heirloom Recipes" I am dedicating this site to saving recipes from extinction. Not only recipes from my family but from yours. Do you have a unique recipe that needs saving? Send it to me along with a name and picture of your relative and I will review it and possibly post it as an Heirloom Recipe.

3 Responses to Spanish Rice Pudding

  1. Ann says:

    Would like to see your recipe for Flan also for Chuck Roast


  2. Susan Phillips says:

    Renee, We made this and it’s the best rice pudding! Saving heirloom recipes is so important. I wish I had saved some of my great aunt’s recipes and techniques.
    Best Wishes in the New Year, old friend.
    Susan Phillips from EI


    • Renee Lalane says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the rice pudding and if there is a recipe I can research for you let me know. Seems like yesterday we were in school, where does time go.
      Renee Lalane


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