Rice pudding is one of the most typical Portuguese desserts. It always makes an appearance at celebrations, from birthdays to weddings, and is usually decorated with a relevant motif sprinkled on top in cinnamon; initials or numbers are popular for birthdays, while hearts, flowers and simple lattices are also common – so let your creative flair run free. It’s called arroz doce in Portuguese, literally ‘sweet rice’, and originates in chef Jose Silva’s home region, Minho, in northern Portugal, though it’s long been served all over the country. The most important thing is to stir gently so as not to disturb the crust that forms on the base of the pan, otherwise you’ll end up with dark flecks marring your creamy pudding. Save that crust as the cook’s treat before soaking the pan! Serve your arroz doce with a glass of Barbeito Reserva Velha Seco 10 year old Madeira to complete this Portuguese treat.
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