Creamy Portuguese Rice Pudding
Sweet and very comforting...
In Portugal rice is practically indigenous, and because this dessert is inexpensive and easy to make, Arroz doce, or rice pudding is a part of every festival, wedding, communion and family celebration. There is also a variation, made in the same way but using vermicelli, which is called Aletria.
You often see the dessert meticulously decorated with powdered cinnamon which adorns the surface of the dessert. Arabesques, birds, letters of the alphabet and cabalistic signs are just a few of the motifs commonly used, depending on the whim of the cook.