Cinnamon Rice Fritters

1 cup RiceSelect™ Jasmati® Rice
2 eggs
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup sugar (divided)
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided)
2 cups baking mix
vegetable oil for frying
strawberry preserves (optional)

1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Cool.
2. In a medium bowl beat eggs, half and half, 2 tablespoons sugar, orange zest and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in baking mix and cooked rice. In an electric deep fryer or deep pan heat oil to 350°F. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons into hot oil. Cook 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a platter lined with paper towels.
3. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and dust fritters with mixture. Serve warm with strawberry preserves, if desired.

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