Slow Cooker Barberry Brown Rice Goodness

If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you have probably noticed by now that I seem to have a thing for weird berries. There were lingonberry muffins and now I’m on to the barberry. It can be gotten dried in a health store or in an imported food store where the food comes from the Middle East. The barberry itself doesn’t look like much and doesn’t give a mountain of flavour but it’s very nutritious and as much as it might seem a rare one here in Norway, people in Iran like is so much that 5,000 tonnes of barberries are produced each year over there. They must be on to something because I learnt to like the barberry rice and miss the barberries whenever I forget to add them. This is the slow cooker version – not really a meal, just a side dish but still nutritious and delicious.

This recipe feeds 5 or 6 people. Halve it if you need to.

brown rice


2 cups brown rice

5 cups water

1/2 cup single cream

1/4 cup dried barberries

salt to taste

a pinch of marjoram or oregano


Wash the rice in a sieve and place in the slow cooker. Add water, cream, salt and herbs.

Cook on high for 3 hours.

Add barberries and cook for another 30 minutes or until soft and nice to eat.

Enjoy with meat or whatever else you like with rice.

brown rice


Oven-baked Applesauce Rice

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!

applesauce rice



applesauce rice



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
2 apples
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.

applesauce rice

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 🙂

applesauce rice

This amount serves 4 for a light and delicious meal.



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