Rice Pie from Bilbao (Pastel de Arroz Bilbaino)

Submitted by:
Julene Madariaga Marcos, Leipzig, Germany

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500ml milk
3 eggs
175g sugar
170g all purpose flour
125g butter

1. Preheat the oven to 160 ºC.

2. Mix the milk and the butter while heating in a stovetop.

3. Whisk the eggs, then add the sugar and the flour.

4. Incorporate the milk and the eggs gradually and combine until smooth.

5. Pour the mixture on a baking mold.

6. Bake at 160 ºC for 50-60 minutes (check with a toothpick, it should come out clean).

Tip: Part of the flour and sugar can be substituted by cocoa powder for a chocolate version.


Fun fact, this "rice" pie contains no rice. It originally did, but decades ago it was replaced by flour (and I actually had to research that fact). The original Basque recipe calls for a puff pastry base, but this is the recipe my mother always used and taught me, and it is delicious anyway. This recipe always brings me memories of my mother and my sister, the latter one being the inventor of the chocolate version. Enjoy!

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