baking with cherry-flavoured dried cranberrries?
Couldn't find any dried cherries at the grocery store, so I picked up some cherry-flavoured Craisins. Has anyone tried baking or cooking with any Craisins that aren't cranberry-flavoured? Just wondering if I can use them as a substitute for dried cherries, or whether I should just use them as-is, in trail mixes/salads, etc. Not sure if the cherry flavour would change once it's heated.
I would guess that if a recipe called for "dried cherries" that yes the cherry flavoured cranberries would change things. It was tough to find dried cherries this year here. I made a citrus salad with dried cranberries that worked out well. If you need to use up the "cherry" flavoured ones, this recipe might work for you, the flavour would definitely work:
1 cup cranberry juice (I didn't have any so used raspeberry/cranberry cocktail instead)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup liquid honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger and ground cloves
1 tbsp orange zest
Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat until syrupy (mine never got syrupy - maybe because of the juice being low-sugar cocktail type). Chill and serve poured over sliced, peeled oranges. It was the hit of christmas breakfast at our house!
I agree with nsstampqueen - I think if the recipe calls for one or the other the flavor will be different. I have used them in a savory shortbread cookie that I make by adding rosamary and dried cranberries into the batter. The cherry flavor craisans have also worked.