Saturday, July 29, 2006

Rice Baked with Apples and Lavender

4 large Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup raisins
4 Tbsp. Sucanat*
2 Tbsp. Earth Balance**
3 cups cooked rice***
1/4 tsp. lavender bud

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare one loaf pan with vegetable oil. Peel and grate apples on a large-eyed grater. Combine with lavender, raisns, and 2 Tbsp. Sucanat. Pat 1 cup of cooked rice in the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/2 of the apple and raisin mixture evenly over the top. Spread the next cup of rice over that. Top with apples and finish with a rice layer. Dot the top rice layer with thin slices of Earth Balance and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. Sucanat. Seal with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour. Serve hot, by scooping out all layers. Top with favorite soy ice cream and a sprinkle of Sucanat. Enjoy!

*Sucanat is natural cane sugar, unrefined
**Earth Balance is a vegan spread like margarine
***Use brown basmati rice or your favorite white

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