Caramelized apple ginger rice pudding

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 37 minutes

Serves 6

This risotto-like dessert also works with pears.

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup arborio rice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup diced candied ginger

4 cups milk, divided

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the apples and cinnamon, and sauté until browned and caramelized, about 7 minutes.

Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the salt, sugar, ginger and 1 cup of the milk. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until almost all the milk has been absorbed. Add another cup of milk and repeat with the stirring and cooking until almost entirely absorbed. Repeat with the remaining milk, 1 cup at a time, or until the rice is cooked through and the mixture is creamy.

Serve warm and, if desired, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

Per serving: 330 calories; 70 calories from fat (21 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg chol.; 60 g carb.; 4 g fiber; 27 g sugar; 9 g protein; 170 mg sodium.

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