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Author Notes: The grain challenge inspired me to finally break out the red rice I'd purchased and hadn't yet cooked. Once I tasted the rice, although I can think of many uses, I decided to go with it's slightly sweet flavor. I really wasn't sure what to call this; it's not a true compote, nor is it actually apple sauce. I almost went with pudding, but the consistency just wasn't pudding-like enough for me to use that name. Whatever it is, we found it tasty hot out of the pot topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, as well as cold. I also enjoyed it for breakfast with some Greek yogurt. —healthierkitchen
- 1 pound apples (about 2 medium to large), peeled and diced
- 5 tablespoons water, divided
- 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- heaping 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- 1 cup cooked Bhutanese red rice
- 1/3 cup milk
- Place apple, sugar, 3 tablespoons water and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples soften, about 20 minutes.
- Remove cinnamon stick and add raisins, cranberries, five spice powder and 2 more tablespoons water and let simmer for about 5 more minutes.
- Smush some of the apple chunks with back of spoon and mix well.
- Add in the rice and milk and mix over low flame for a few minutes, gently crushing some more of the apple chunks.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or refrigerate and serve cold.
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