leftover fresh cranberries
I have about a pound of fresh cranberries that I didn't use and would like to bake something with them. Does anyone have any ideas for a cake or bread that would use fresh cranberries? I'm thinking they would go nicely with nuts or orange or lemon zest but don't have a recipe for it.
- pumpkin bread or muffins with ginger & pecans
- cornbread or cornmeal muffins with meyer lemon
my recipes call for gluten-free flours & ingredients, but if either of those sounds appealing to you, i'm sure you can search the home cooking board for a good base recipe and add the cranberries & juice/zest/nuts.
for the record, if you don't want to use them right away, cranberries freeze extremely well.
An out-of-the-box reply: Fill a clear vase with them and then fill with water. It will probably keep thru Christmas and looks really cool!
The "Chow Recipe of the Day" for November 20th, is a spiced cranberry Sangria
that sounds delicious. You might use your leftover berries for that. Or as another poster
recommended, use them in a vase, but add some flowers. The berries will act like
those glass marbles to hold the flowers.
Coll: I would love the recipe for the upside down cake. I made a cranberry walnut loaf bread with the cranberries but it went over so well that I bought more fresh cranberries and now want to experiment with many more recipes. You can email me the recipe off the board if you wish: firstname.lastname@example.org is my email address. Thanks so much. The upside down cake with apples and cran sounds really delicious! Thank you. dsg
Here it is, I forgot it also includes pumpkin and applesauce, so it's pretty healthy for cake:
1 cup dark brown sugar
6 Tbsp butter
handful of chopped nuts
dash of dark rum
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 or 2 apples, sliced thin
Oil a cast iron skillet (I use a spray). Put in first 4 ingredients and cook on stovetop til bubbling.
Lay fruits in skillet in an artistic kind of way.
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp applesauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup or molassas
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to flavor
Mix above and pour over fruit.
Bake in oven 350 for 45 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes, run knife around edges to loosen and invert on plate.
Good served with whipped cream or ice cream.
Let me know if you see it here, otherwise I will email you tomorrow.
No - I haven't made this particular recipe, but I've used fresh, raw cranberries in quick breads and muffins lots of times. If you put them in the freezer first (or leave them frozen if they already are), you can chop them with a couple of pulses in a food processor with no mess, and they can go straight into the batter without thawing.
If you're willing to go beyond breads and baked goods, one of my favorite things to make with fresh cranberries is a Cranberry Crisp. It's so easy - just dump the cranberries fresh or frozen) directly into a lightly greased baking dish (8"x8" works well for 1 lb of berries), and toss with a pinch of salt and 1/2 - 1 cup sugar (depending on how much tart you can tolerate). Top with your favorite crisp topping (I mix 1/2c flour, 1/2c brown sugar, 1/2c oats, a few pinches of salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and cut in 4 Tbs butter), and bake for about 45 minutes at 350.
I love using fresh cranberries in baking! Here are some favourites :
Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies - These are really decadent and fabulous and beautiful!
Dorie Greenspan's Cranberry Upside-Downer Cake
Rustic Canyon's Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Cake - Haven't tried this yet but I'm planning to soon.
Pastries a Go Go's Cranberry Nut Muffins
Not a cooking solution, but I threw a cup of leftover cranberries into a glass vase that held flowers. They floated on the top of the water and made a really pretty red layer.
I do like cranberries in not-too-sweet breads, however.
I also add fresh cranberries to my recipe for chocolate pecan pie. The cranberries help to cut some of the richness of the pie, and they look pretty too.
Cranberries also store very well in the freezer. I like adding a handful of cranberries to rice pilaf or to dishes like apricot chicken.