Tested on the Native Offerings crew and the Ritchie children. They all approved. This is a not-too-sweet dessert; it can also be eaten for breakfast. Of course, vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt would add some extra sweetness…
2 c water
1 c uncooked long grain brown rice
2 c milk
1 c heavy cream
2 large eggs
1/4 c maple syrup or sugar or other sweetener
1/4 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 T vanilla extract
2 large apples (peeled), cored and coarsely chopped
1 c (dark) raisins or other dried fruit
1. In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, heat water to boiling and stir in rice. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.
2. Add milk to rice in saucepan and cook an additional 20 minutes, uncovered, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
3. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking dish. In small bowl beat cream and eggs. Stir in maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Remove about half a cup of the rice mixture and allow to cool for a minute or so. Add this to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Stir this into the rice mixture. Add apples and raisins.
4. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens–do not bring to a boil.
5. Spoon rice mixture into greased baking dish and bake 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.