Risotto After Dark

When my friend Vanessa accidentally left an almost-full gallon of apple cider in my fridge, I immediately started thinking about what I could make with it. There’s no way Ben and I could drink it all! I’d love to make some cider donuts, and maybe I will by the end of the week, but not now. My friend Elly suggested cooking arborio rice with the cider for some kind of autumn risotto. I thought about this a bit and decided to make an apple-raisin dessert risotto. The method would be similar to cooking any other risotto, but I’d begin with sauteed apples and ginger, deglaze with liquor (hmm… what do we have that will work?), and cook the arborio with cider and some milk to make it a bit creamy like rice pudding. The result? My husband was begging for more :)

1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 small apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup arborio rice
1/4 cup apple brandy
1/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute ginger and apples over medium-low heat for about five minutes. Meanwhile, set milk and vanilla in another small saucepan over low heat to warm. Add arborio to apples and ginger, and let it toast for a few minutes, stirring. Add apple brandy, stirring, and letting it absorb, raising heat if necessary. Add raisins, then add cider in 1/2 cup increments, letting the liquid absorb between each addition. Add warmed milk and cinnamon, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for about 10 minutes to cool and thicken before enjoying. Serve with additional cinnamon and grated orange zest, if desired.

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6 Responses to “Risotto After Dark”

  1. 1

    Elly — October 16, 2007 @ 3:13 am Reply

    wow, this looks and sounds SO good!

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    Nunnie's Attic — October 16, 2007 @ 11:15 am Reply

    Sounds delicious! I wonder how a little cinnamon schnapps would taste in it?Love,Julie

  3. 3

    Cara — October 16, 2007 @ 12:45 pm Reply

    I’m sure that would be great! I was also thinking of using spiced rum, until I found that apple brandy waiting to be used :)

  4. 4

    winedeb — October 16, 2007 @ 7:05 pm Reply

    What a fabulous desert!!! Perfect for fall!

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    Kevin — October 17, 2007 @ 2:45 am Reply

    An apple, raisin and cinnamon risotto sounds like a really nice desert risotto.

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    Julie — October 30, 2007 @ 5:31 pm Reply

    This is like sophisticated rice pudding, looks wonderful.

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