Almond Rice with Raspberry Sauce

It simply wouldn't be Christmas without this old-fashioned dessert. Cool and creamy, it looks beautiful drizzled with the tart raspberry sauce.

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

5 cups water, divided
2 cups uncooked long grain rice
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups whipping cream
fresh mint

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water, rice and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in milk and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until milk is absorbed and rice is creamy. Remove from the heat; stir in almonds and extract. Cool slightly; cover and chill.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan, combine cornstarch and remaining water; add raspberries. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice. Cover and chill.

Just before serving, whip cream until soft peaks form; fold into rice mixture. Spoon into individual serving dishes and top with raspberry sauce. Garnish with mint if desired.

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