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baking with cherry-flavoured dried cranberrries?

phoenikia Dec 25, 2010 12:25 PM

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.

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    nsstampqueen Dec 26, 2010 04:01 AM

    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!

    Good luck!

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      Fiona Dec 26, 2010 04:30 AM

      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.
      Good luck.

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      1. re: Fiona
        phoenikia Dec 26, 2010 04:01 PM


      2. hotoynoodle Dec 26, 2010 08:04 AM

        of course the flavors would be different, but do they *only* taste of cherry? how do they remove the cranberry flavor? they'd be easy to use in cookies, blondies or quickbreads, either way.

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          morwen Dec 26, 2010 08:48 AM

          According to the Ocean Spray website (http://www.oceanspray.com/products/cr...), the cherry craisins are "cherry juice-infused". I interpret that to mean that they taste just like cranberries soaked in cherry juice.

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            phoenikia Dec 26, 2010 04:02 PM

            thank you!

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          cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2010 11:54 AM

          I've used them instead of raisins in oatmeal cookies. They are also good in added to chocolate chip cookies.

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          1. re: cheesecake17
            phoenikia Dec 26, 2010 04:02 PM

            Cool, good to know you've used them in baking.

            1. re: phoenikia
              TorontoJo Dec 26, 2010 04:49 PM

              phoenikia -- if you're ever in a pinch, and don't much dropping some coin for dried cherries, Culinarium on Mt. Pleasant usually has really nice ones in stock.

              1. re: TorontoJo
                phoenikia Dec 27, 2010 02:33 PM

                thanks TorontoJo ;-) I don't mind dropping coin for good dried cherries. Also found some dried sour cherries & other tasty dried fruit at Shirini Sara on Leslie a couple years ago.

              2. re: phoenikia
                cheesecake17 Dec 27, 2010 05:28 AM

                yup.. they add an interesting flavor to oatmeal cookies. if they're really hard, soften in hot water for a minute or two.

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                  phoenikia Dec 27, 2010 02:35 PM

                  thanks for the tip!

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