When I was a little girl my Grandma used to make a similar dish in a remoska mini oven that we had. She continued always making this particular dish in the remoska even though we already had a standard oven, so when the remoska was out of the cabinets, I knew the delicious cinnamon smell would soon fill the whole house. Ah, the childhood memories!
You can check out what a remoska is here. I can see the nostalgia is not only mine and the remoska seems to be making a brilliant comeback as an electricity saving oven. Well done! Maybe I’ll get one too?
We ate this as a normal dinner. Maybe you’ll like it better as a lunch or even dessert! This was back under communism when eating meat everyday was just not how things were, so rice with apples seemed like a very good dinner idea. We were not obese back then, so sometimes I look back into these times to see if I can find any more healthy recipes. Now, bear in mind that this is not diet food either as it has sugar.
I now adapted this recipe to my lifestyle and more modern likes (like brown rice instead of white) and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup applesauce (mine has very little sugar)
2 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
a handful of dried cranberries
a pinch of dried ginger
a pinch of dried cardamom
an oven-safe dish with a lid
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
Wash your rice in a sieve and dump in the baking dish, add water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, salt and stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients.
Add applesauce and stir again.
Cut apples into slices, I cut them widthwise and just remove the middle to save time. Place apples on top of your mixture and press lightly to submerge them in the sweet, spiced water.
Sprinkle with cranberries.
Put the lid on and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the rice is done. Brown rice likes to take its time
This amount serves 4 for a light and delicious meal.
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