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Monday, December 17, 2012

flavored sugared cranberries

It's no secret I love SUGARED CRANBERRIES. 
I've been making them for a few years now (see here & here).
BUT this year I tried something new... 
 FLAVORED sugared cranberries! 
The inspiration came from Victoria of A Sublet Revelry who loves these treats as much as me 
(maybe even more!). 
 My first thought was they would taste so good with a hint of Orange AND I was right! 
 Then I thought coconut and maple! Well, the coconut was good, but maple... not so much. Ha!

 I love making these treats to eat, but they also make a fantastic gift!
This is an old jelly jar. I spray painted the lid and then glued a little tree to the top.
But, it needed something more... 
So, I put a bow on it. 

Here's my updated recipe for these YUMMY cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries 

Ingredients
3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups water
1 bag fresh cranberries (12 ounces, I think)
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1.5 teaspoon flavoring (orang, coconut, or ???)

Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Add flavoring and stir. I usually let it cool a little before putting it into the refrigerator.  Cover with plastic wrap (I place the plastic wrap directly on the berries/liquid) and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

My new coating technique- Drain cranberries. Sprinkle 1/4 cup superfine sugar over cranberries while still in colander and toss around. Sprinkle 1/4 cup superfine sugar on a rimmed baking sheet. Add the cranberries to sugar on baking sheet. Using a spatula spread out the cranberries so none are touching and shake the pan to make the cranberries roll. Sprinkle remaining sugar over cranberries and shake some more (the pan stays on the counter and just move the pan back and forth till all the cranberries are covered).  Let stand at room temperature until dry rolling around the cranberries occasionally. 

These have become a HUGE hit with my friends and make for great hostess gifts, party favors, or gifts. Enjoy!

A few other fun and yummy CRANBERRY recipes/crafts- 

Check back later this week for another YUMMY cranberry treat! 

Any other cranberry ideas/recipes I should know about?!

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