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       Title: Rice Pudding with Brandy Currants
  Categories: Desserts, Low-fat
       Yield: 4 servings
  
       2 tb Dried currants
       2 tb Brandy
   1 1/2 c  Water
     1/4 c  Long-grain white rice
       1 pn Salt
       2 c  Low-fat milk
       2 ts Unflavored gelatin
     1/3 c  Sugar
       1 ts Grated orange peel
     1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 lg Egg
       1 ts Vanilla extract
  
   “This is a lighthearted version of riz a l'imperatrice -- ”rice in the
   style of the empress“ - which is thought to have been inspired by Empress
   Eugenie, the Spanish wife of Napolean.”
   
   Bring 2 tablepsoons dried currants and brandy to boil in small saucepan.
   Remove mixture from heat.  Combine 1-1/2 cups water, rice and salt in
   another small saucepan.  Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.  Reduce
   heat to low.  Cook uncovered until almost all water is absorbed and rice
   is very soft, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
   
   Place 2 cups milk in heavy medium saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over milk.
   Let stand 10 minutes to soften.
   
   Heat milk mixture over low heat until just warm, stirring until gelatin
   dissolves.  Add currant mixture, rice, sugar, orange peel and cinnamon.
   Cook over low heat until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally,
   about 12 minutes; do not boil.  Whisk egg and vanilla in medium bowl to
   blend.  Mix 1/2 cup of hot rice mixture into egg.  Return egg mixture to
   saucepan and stir over very low heat 3 minutes; do not boil.  Remove
   mixture from heat.
   
   Place saucepan in bowl of ice water.  Stir pudding occasionally until
   cool. Spoon into four 3/4-cup custard cups.  Refrigerate until set, at
   least 8 hours.
   
   PER SERVING: calories, 230; fat, 4 g; sodium, 113 mg; cholesterol, 63 mg
   
   * Source: Bon Appetit (May 1994)
   * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
  
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