Apple-Raisin Rice Dessert

2 1/4 cups water
1 cup sugar
3 cups sliced peeled tart apples
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups cooked long-grain rice
1/2 cup raisins
7 1/2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; add sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the apples, lemon juice and spices. Reduce heat; simmer for 3-5 minutes or until apples are tender. Stir in rice, raisins, butter and vanilla.

Pour into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish each serving with whipped topping. Serve warm.

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