This Cuban-style natilla custard is a rich and creamy treat made from milk, sugar and fragrant, fluffy Carolina® Jasmine Rice.
Cook rice according to package directions with 2 cups of the whole milk; set aside.
In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until smooth and blended; set aside.
In a saucepan set over medium heat, combine remaining whole milk, evaporated milk, lemon peel, cinnamon stick and salt; cook often, for 3 to 5 minutes or just until starting to boil. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel.
Gradually stir hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture. Return to saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until pudding is boiling and thickened. Cook for 1 minute; stir in rice and vanilla. Let cool.
Divide custard among 10 ramekins. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until completely chilled. Dust with cinnamon before serving.
Drizzle caramel or dulce de leche over the custards, and garnish with berries if desired.
Nothing beats the taste and smell of homemade custard made over the stove with warm milk, sugar and vanilla. This recipe is a simple but flavorful version that can be prepared using pantry ingredients that you most likely have at home. Cuban-style natilla custards are served throughout Latin American countries in individual ramekins for perfect portions to share, although it might be hard to resist eating a few!
To achieve that rich and creamy consistency, this recipe uses egg and cornstarch to help thicken the whole milk and evaporated milk. Our version also uses fragrant jasmine rice cooked in whole milk, similar to a rice pudding but with a few differences.
Rice pudding is made using basmati rice or long grain white rice that is simmered in milk or water with added sweeteners such as sugar. It does not require any added thickening agents such as egg or cornstarch on account of the starch released from the rice. This egg custard is sweetened and infused with citrus which thickens on its own with creamy jasmine rice added afterward for flavor and texture. For more information, check out our guide to making the perfect rice pudding.
These delicious custard natillas are the perfect holiday dessert topped with fruit, chocolate, crushed cookies, sprinkled cinnamon, or you can drizzle with caramel or dulce de leche. Personalize them with all of your favorites!
Looking for other delectable holiday treats? These Central American Rice and Plaintain Rellenitos are crispy and warm topped with cinnamon and sugar! Or, try a Rompope Eggnog Rice Pudding for a specialty sweet based on the classic beverage.