Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sugared Cranberries

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

The idea of making my own sugared cranberries intimidated me for a long time. I just thought they looked way too fancy and way too time-consuming for me to even consider making in my own kitchen. Most of my recipes on Something Swanky focus on "realistic" recipes for the modern home baker.

And, in my mind, there was no way these cranberries would meet my requirement for a "realistic" and attainable recipe.

But I'm happy to report that I was very, very wrong. Sugared cranberries couldn't be easier! Here's how it works.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Start by making a simple syrup. This does NOT require a candy thermometer or boiling until you hit the softball stage. This just means you'll cook equal parts of water and sugar over the stove until the sugar dissolves and it looks like water again. It just took me a few minutes.

Then you'll pour it into a bowl and let it cool for a few minutes. Once it's not boiling lava temps anymore, you can add the cranberries.

You have two options at this point:
A) you can leave the berries in the simple syrup for up to a few days in the fridge. This will make them sweet, perfect for snacking on. Or,
B) you can transfer them to a wire rack to dry and get a little sticky (they'll stay tart, but I didn't mind that since I was using them mostly for decoration).

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Whether you leave them in the syrup for three days or three minutes, the next step is letting them dry off a little bit. Use a slatted spoon to transfer the cranberries to a cooling rack.

As they dry, they'll become slightly tacky.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

Once they're dry and sticky, they are ready for a sugar bath! After a quick mix in the sugar, they look beautifully frosted and are ready to top your cakes and holiday confections.

Tip: if you're storing these for a few days, place them in an airtight container with rice to absorb any moisture.

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.


Enjoy!!


Sugared Cranberries

These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.

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ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • additional 1/2 cup sugar for coating

instructions

  1. Bring sugar and water to a simmer over medium-high heat and stir until sugar has dissolved completely.
  2. Transfer syrup to a large bowl and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add the cranberries to the bowl and stir to coat thoroughly.
  4. Use a slatted spoon to transfer the cranberries to a cooling rack (place a baking mat or wax paper underneath to catch the excess syrup).
  5. Allow berries to dry for a few minutes until slightly tacky. Transfer berries to another bowl.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the cranberries and gently toss to coat.
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These sweet cranberries are as easy to make as they are beautiful. The perfect topping for a beautiful holiday cake or drink, or even to serve as an appetizer.








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