Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sugared Cranberries

These might be my new favorite snack.  A little sweet, a little tart, a little juicy.   Originally made for a drink garnish, I couldn't stop grabbing these as a little sweet snack :)  These would also be gorgeous decorations for a cake or even around your home this time of year!


Sugared Cranberries
slightly adapted from gastronomy & 101 cookbooks

1c fresh cranberries, picked over and rinsed
1c water
1c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
1/3c mix of sugar for rolling (I used a mix of turbinado & evaporated cane juice)

Add 1c sugar and water in a small, heavy saucepan.  Heat over medium-high, and stir until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and let cool a bit (you don't want the cranberries to burst!).

Place cranberries in a bowl or tupperware and poor slightly warm simple syrup over the cranberries.  Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4hrs).

In the morning, prepare the sugar for rolling the cranberries by adding it to a shallow dish (I added a little at a time to prevent clumping, however I'm not sure this was completely necessary.  Get out a cookie sheet to dry the cranberries on, and then go ahead and drain your cranberries (you can reserve the simple syrup for another use...  say cranberry cocktails?).  Roll drained cranberries in sugar mixture, a few at a time, and then place on the cookie sheet to dry.  Repeat, until you've rolled all of the cranberries.  It should take ~1hr or so for them to dry.




Have you ever tried sugared cranberries before?

19 comments:

Erica said...

I've never tried these! But I love love love cranberries. I better not make these...I'd eat the whole batch :)

Elizabeth said...

These were so pretty in the drink. I totally didn't try one straight up sadly

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These would be a fun little snack for a cocktail party. Love it!

Daisy said...

I love Gastronomy blog!! She has a lot of good Spain posts, and apparently, some great recipes too. what fun treats!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Ah, the recipe I've been waiting for! I need to try these. I have some fresh crans leftover from my cranberry fro yo, and I think they are destined to become sugared =).

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

these are too adorable!

Joanne said...

I have...at YOUR place. Loved these. Totally my new favorite candy.

Reeni said...

Sweet + tart = so delectable!

Megan said...

I love sugared cranberries. They are especially good in a glass of prosecco. :)

I've also used them to decorate a buche de noel, along with sugared rosemary and meringue mushrooms.

Kerstin said...

These were so delicious - tart and sweet :) I could have popped them all day!

Natalie said...

eating handfuls of these would prob be better than the cookies I've been eating! So pretty too!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

What a great snack! I've had sugared cranberries as garnish for other dishes but imagine they're awesome on their own!

Janel said...

They look so festive! It's probably a better version of sour patch kids with the sweet + tart :)

sophia said...

Um...they sound dangerous. I just KNOW I'll eat a vat of them in a seating. They sound so addictive!

vanillasugarblog said...

do you know i've never tried these because i always thought they were dried fruit? until you said juicy. so i take it they are juicy? now i'm curious!!

Amy said...

What a great idea! They are so pretty and festive!

Biz said...

Those look so pretty Shannon! So festive, and I agree I love the sweet/tart combo!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

BigAppleNosh said...

Oooh, how pretty! Thanks for sharing this idea!

Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew said...

Just saw these - they look so great, I wish I were snacking on them right now. Merry Christmas!

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