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Cherries in the Snow

 Cherries in the Snow
Dried Oregon cherries dot this light, creamy rice pudding. We developed this recipe for our guests with dietary concerns who still want a treat. Sugar-free and fat-free. What’s not to love? —Barbara Sidway, Baker City, Oregon
6 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fat-free whipped topping

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the milk, rice and sugar substitute.
  • Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add bean and seeds to milk mixture.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes
  • or until rice is tender and pudding is thickened, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Transfer to a small bowl; discard vanilla bean. Stir in the cherries,
  • rum and salt. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Fold in whipped
  • topping before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup equals 248 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.