Sweet Apple Risotto

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Have you gone apple picking yet? On a crisp, sunny day with a slight breeze rustling through the trees, apple picking is another one of my favorite autumn activities (I have a lot of them, I know). I went a few weeks ago with some friends, and I ended up picking about fourteen pounds of apples. My friends and I also started the tradition a few years back of heading over to one of our homes after picking to bake with our freshly-picked apples, which is almost more fun than the picking itself. This year, it was me and two other friends, and while they each made different kinds of apples dumplings, I whipped up a caramel-apple pie for the hubby as we talked, giggled, and shared a lovely afternoon together. Even after that pie and a big batch of my usual apple maple butter, I was still up to my elbows in apple recipes I wanted to make, and this apple risotto was one of them. I’m just going to come right out and say that this risotto is absolutely a dessert risotto, unlike the strawberries and cream risotto I made that flirted with both sides of the sweet/savory spectrum. While most other risottos I make are served as dinner, I would definitely serve this one in smaller portions as a dessert or a sweet side. If you haven’t tried a dessert risotto yet, I highly recommend this one…and if you haven’t gone apple picking yet, I highly recommend that too, especially with a friend or three – and maybe start a baking tradition of your own!

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 1/4 cups water

In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar, and maple syrup. Cook until softened.

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Pour in the rice, and then cook 1-2 minutes. Add in the wine.

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Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until the rice has absorbed most of the wine. Continue this process with the cider and water, adding the 1/2 cup at a time until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid. Cook until al dente, and then remove from the heat.

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Serve warm.

12 Responses to “Sweet Apple Risotto”

  1. 1 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I want this. RIGHT NOW. This second. It looks beautiful, and I love the idea of dessert risotto.

  2. 2 Katrina Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I love this idea! Yum!

  3. 3 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Delish! I made this last week, but with leeks as well. Yum!

  4. 4 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, this sounds just perfect, Tracy! It reminds me a bit of a rice pudding, but much more sophisticated. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. 5 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Wow, this sounds really good! I’ve never heard of a dessert risotto before, but I imagine it tasting sort of like rice pudding.

  6. 6 Beth @ 990 Square Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I really want to try this for breakfast!

  7. 7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 9:25 am

    great idea and very creative!

  8. 8 Jenna Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    You’re right–I need to get on this dessert risotto train. Being a huge fan of rice pudding, I know it would be a hit in my kitchen. My only problem is that after cooking dinner I rarely feel energized to make dessert.

  9. 9 Krista Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This looks fabulous! I’ll have to try this asap as I have some arborio rice to use up!

  10. 10 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Tracy, this is so creative! I would have never thought to do an apple risotto, but I love the idea. I just posted about a pumpkin risotto and I’m loving all these fall flavors that are cropping up on the food blogs! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 11 Raina Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I love apple picking too; I have not gone yet though. I love your risotto. I have never had a sweet risotto, but I have no doubt that I would love it prepared this way:)

  12. 12 Carolinaheartstrings Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    This looks fantastic. Cannot wait to try it. We are aplenty crazy right now. Come over and visit us. We have some great recipes.

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