Merry Christmas Rice

2 cups water, divided
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/3 cups quick-cooking rice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 apple, peeled and sliced

In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar; bring to a boil. Add the cranberries; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the berries pop, stirring occasionally.
Add rice, remaining water, remaining sugar, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in apple. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

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