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Lots of fresh cranberries, what's your fav recipe?

I visited a cranberry bog in Wisconsin last week and bought 5#s of very beautiful fresh berries. The first thing I did was make lots of cranberry vodka which is now resting in the basement, so it will be ready for Christmas. I've made cranberry muffins, bread, tart,etc. Anyone have any other fav cranberry recipes?

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  1. Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake - this is a great alternative to pies at the holidays. And a Pumpkin Cranberry Bread using oil instead of butter - it's so moist!

    Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

    1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries -- picked over
    1-1/3 cups sugar -- plus 2 Tablespoons
    2 lbs cream cheese, at room temperature -- cut into 8 pieces
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    4 eggs -- at room temperature
    1 pint sour cream -- at room temperature

    In a medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the cranberries and 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and boil, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture reduces to 1 1/4 cups, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/3 cup of the sugar until dissolved. Strain the mixture through a coarse sieve and let the puree cool completely.

    Preheat the oven to 275°. Butter and flour a 9x2-3/4" springform pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar and the vanilla at low speed until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating until just blended. Stir in the sour cream.

    Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Drop 8 or 9 rounded teaspoons of the cranberry puree randomly over the top. Spoon half of the remaining cheesecake mixture even over the first layer, and dot with half of the remaining puree. Repeat with the remaining cheesecake mixture and puree. (Avoid dropping puree in the center of more than 1 layer.) With a blunt knife, cut through the batter in a swirling motion to distribute the cranberry puree.

    Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake in the lower part of the oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in for 1 hour longer (NO peeking!!!). Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

    Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

    2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 eggs
    2 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
    1 cup cranberries -- chopped

    In large bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In small mixer bowl, beat eggs. Beat in sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients; stir with wooden spoon just until moistened. Stir in cranberries. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8x4-inch loaf pans (or 4 mini-loaf pans). Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 60 minutes (or 45 minutes for smaller loaves), or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      re: cheesecake

      Fantastic recipe! Just made this yesterday as a treat for my co-workers...They devoured it. The only hold-outs were dieters (their loss). I tried to tell them it was fruit and cheese – what’s not healthy about that? lol

      Very rich and creamy as opposed to hard and dry...I’ll use this as a base and try other fruit purees. Thanks for posting this LindaWhit!

    2. I like adding them to stuffing too. Just a few handfuls are used, but the sweet, tart pop of them in your mouth is great.

      1. My husband makes a lovely cranberry lemon cake, and he starts with a storebought lemon cake mix.

        He crushes about 6 ounces of berries with a fork, and leaves another 6 ounces whole, He mixes the whole berries into the cake batter, and then uses the crushed berries in the frosting. He makes simple syrup, adds the crushed cranberries, and mixes it into store bought frosting to make a light cake glaze. It becomes a tart, tangy cake that tastes more sophisticated than it sounds. I bet if he used a bundt pan it would be really gorgeous.

        1. I love anything with ginger, and I've made two rather different variations on cranberry sauce that incorporate it. The other I'll have to look up and paraphrase, as I don't have a link, but it's a cranberry-ginger chutney.

          This is a sweeter one, with cranberries, peaches (the recipe uses frozen, so it doesn't matter that peach season's past), and crystallized ginger. It's good used like cranberry sauce, or as preserves, or heated up, spiked with liqueur or spirits and spooned over ice cream. Like any cranberry sauce, it'll keep a long time in the fridge or can be frozen, but I can it and process it in a water bath for 10 minutes. Makes a great holiday gift.

          The recipe is is improved, IMO, with a bit of subtle spice. I tie up a cinnamon stick, a few whole cloves, and a couple of crushed cardomom pods in a cheesecloth bag and steep in the sugar syrup before proceeding with the recipe. It provides a more complex background flavor.


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          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

            I also like cranberry with ginger and for Thanksgiving I usually make cranberry relish, using the recipe on the back of the bag (which I realize you don't have) for plain cranberry sauce - just water & sugar - and then when it's done, I stir in a lot of slivered high quality crystalized ginger (Williams Sonoma and Dean and Deluca have good ones). It's best if it sits for a while so that the sauce absorbs the ginger flavor, and lasts forever. I serve it with toasted almond slivers.

          2. Sir Gawain's cake w/ fresh cranberries on top was fantastic. See report w/ link to recipe and photo here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. Candy has a great recipe for cranberry sauce. It involves cabernet and tangerine zest- I'll have to look for it and do a link. Anyway, it's terrific, and my grandmother- who had tasted many variations of cranberry sauce- thought it was the best.

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              1. re: twinmommy

                Yeah, the cabernet cranberries is a favorite of ours, too! You can use tangerine peel or orange peel but the tangerine peel is best, hands down. God, I can't wait to find cranberries down here in FL now, should be soon, here's the link:


              2. My favorite is a Cranberry Relish my aunt used to make for all holidays.

                Grind 1 1pkg fresh cranberries and 1 whole orange(chopped in smal pieces) in a blender.Add a little water to grind,(should be in minced pieces.In a large bowl,mix 1 c sugar,1 large pkg cranberry flavored jello and 2 c boiling water.Add cranberry orange mixture and stir well.Pour into a mold and chill until set.

                  1. I saw this recipe for cranberry sauce featured on Bobby Flay's Thanksgiving in Harlem episode. I made it for thanksgiving last year - and many people were eating the sauce alone! It was a huge hit, and is now something I'll make every year.

                    As it's so sweet, I think you could easily pour this over poundcake or ice cream..yum


                    Blog: http://virtualfrolic.blogspot.com

                    1. I love throwing fresh cranberries into pancake batter. The tartness of the berries is great with maple syrup.

                      1. I use a lot of cranberries - a handfull here and there...but a couple suggestions....toss frozen berries in Apple Crisp or Apple Brown Betty as many call it, for a great tang along with sliced apples and pears. I also do a pork tenderloin, roasted with sliced apples and cranberries tossed in flour and brown sugar around it. You can do a cranberry relish and brie for a great fall appetizer too!

                        1. Make sure to put some in the freezer: the season is short.

                          1. My favorite cranberry recipe is my mom's Cranberry Cake with Caramel Sauce. It is fantastic in the fall and over the holidays. If anyone is interested in the recipe, let me know, and I'll be happy to post it.

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                            1. re: akp

                              I'd love the recipe. Please post.

                              1. re: akp

                                Yes, I'd love the recipe. It sounds wonderful.

                                1. re: jackie de

                                  Mom's Cranberry Cake with Caramel Sauce

                                  Mix the following ingredients together until it resembles coarse crumbs:
                                  2 c. unsifted flour
                                  1 1/2 c. sugar
                                  1/2 t. salt
                                  2 t. baking powder
                                  4 T. soft butter

                                  Add the following and beat together:
                                  1 cup whole milk

                                  Fold in:
                                  2 cups whole fresh cranberries

                                  Pour into buttered 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 until golden (check after 30 minutes) Pour caramel sauce over individual servings.

                                  Caramel Sauce:

                                  Combine all ingredients and heat but do not boil:
                                  1/2 c. butter
                                  1/2 c. sugar
                                  1/2 c. brown sugar
                                  1/2 c. half and half


                                  1. re: akp

                                    Thanks for posting this. One question---are there no EGGS in this recipe?

                                    1. re: akp

                                      I made this wonderful cake this afternoon to bring to a party tomorrow nite. Oh course, I had to taste and it is just delicious. It's a very simple cake, you don't even have to use a mixer,and bakes perfectly. The caramel sauce is great and perfect with this not-so sweet cake.I can think of many other uses for this sauce too. It would be wonderful to have at thanksgiving in addition to pumpkin pie. Thank you so much for this truly wonderful cake.

                                      1. re: jackie de

                                        So glad that you enjoyed this!!! Looking forward to making it for the first time this season myself...

                                2. If the cranberries are ripe (if they are not hard as rocks), you can make these really easily. I learned to do this in Estonia, and tried it with cranberries I picked in the Cape Cod National Seashore last December. They were great and everyone was shocked at how delicious raw cranberries can be:

                                  Soak the cranberries in cold water for a bit to make sure they are clean. Pick off all stems and leaves. Then take a handful of cranberries, shake out most of the water and dump them in a container filled with confectioners sugar and shake the container around so the sugar completely envelops each cranberry. Transfer the berries to a cookie sheet or plate to dry (took over night in damp cape cod), and make sure they dont touch.

                                  The sugar forms a hard coating that snaps when you bite into it and the juice bursts into your mouth. The sweet/tart mixture is amazing. Ocean spray cranberries didn't work so well, they were not juicy enough!

                                  I stored mine in the fridge in a container with rice at the bottom and these lasted for months. Ate them plain mostly, and added them to salads. Delicious!

                                  1. My favorite is a cranberry pie. Don't have the recipe here at work and haven't made it in several years, but it reminds one of a sour cherry pie. Let me know if you want the recipe.

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                                    1. re: gsElsbeth

                                      I would love to get your recipe, pretty please :)

                                    2. oven-baked Cranberry-Orange Preserves from Helen Whitty's Fancy Pantry -- delicious, popular for gifts, fool-proof and the smell of them cooking is incredible!

                                      1. Thanks everyone, I've gotten so many great ideas and recipes. Keep em coming!

                                        1. freeze a bunch of cranberries with lime slices in a bundt pan til solid and float in a punch bowl recipe!

                                          1. Using your favorite upside down cake recipe make a cranberry upside down cake. Cook crans in maple syrup & butter..pour into your cake pan & finish as you would a upside down cake.

                                            I like doing this with a pumpkin cake.

                                            1. Throw a handful into chicken broth with some chopped tarragon and use it to cook rice. The rice comes out a bit pink and has a terrific flavor.

                                              1. For something a little different:

                                                I take a cup or so of fresh cranberries, get them a bit wet and cleaned and them cover them with sugar and freeze. Sometime later, i make a "punch" of 1 part Cranberry Juice, 1 (or more) part cheapo champagne, and one third part Cointreau or Triple Sec. I put a afew cranberries in each glass and the sugar tends to fizz a bit as I hand it to a guest

                                                1. Variations on baked cranberry sauce are very good. My mom converted me.

                                                  Apple cranberry pie with cornmeal-buttermilk crust from Epi

                                                  Included in cous couse, Israeli or otherwise. Also bulgar etc.