When Mikel Arteta goes home to Spain he likes nothing more than tucking into his mum's rice pudding. "She puts a little bit of cinnamon in it – never lemon. It’s the best, but you can’t go round there and have any – it’s just for me. The English have jam with it, but that destroys it," he tells FFT.
Follow this recipe find out what the fuss is all about....
• 1 litre of whole milk
• 60g caster sugar
• 40g butter
• 50g small grain rice
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1/4 orange peel
1 Mix the cinnamon and orange peel with the milk. Bring to the boil and leave for 20mins.
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2 Pour 500ml milk into a pan, together with the rice.
3 Mix both together, letting it boil before reducing the heat.
4 Add remaining 500ml milk to the pan, again letting it boil before reducing heat.
5 Add the butter and sugar and boil for 10mins until you get desired thickness.
Recipe was provided by Iberica’s head chef, Cesar Garcia. To book a table at Iberica visit www.ibericalondon.co.uk
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