Friday, December 12, 2008

Sugared Cranberries



I made these lovely little gems for the first time as a topping for my pumpkin cranberry cupcakes. I liked them so much I also decorated my All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake with them as well. At first I was really just looking for a festive decoration. After making these however,I found that not only are they a glittery and beautiful decoration for desserts but they're an excellent little snack as well. The cranberries are soaked overnight in simple syrup then rolled in superfine sugar. They are sweet and tart and pop in your mouth when you bite them. The cranberries hold quite well for several days in an airtight container. Put these gorgeous little gems into pretty containers and give them as gifts along with your other Christmas goodies.

Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup superfine sugar
Preparation

Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain cranberries, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.
Use the reserved steeping liquid as a mixer in your holiday cocktails!


15 comments:

Cynthia said...

This is such a neat and beautiful idea!

Sorry for not visiting as often.

Gigi said...

what a great idea! i know exactly what i am going to bake and decorate with these gorgeous sparkly cranberries!

Helene said...

They are so cute. Looks great.

J.Danger said...

what a great idea!

Dawn said...

oh that first picture is simply gorgeous!

noble pig said...

Oh my goodness these would be delicious with my cranberry martinis, I usually just freeze a skewer of them but I lov e these!

gaga said...

Oooh, they're so pretty, like they're dusted in snow. They make a great garnish and a yummy snack.

Sheila said...

I have three bags of frozen cranberries I am trying to figure out what to do with. These are beautiful and can be used in so many ways. Thanks for the great idea!

Corina said...

oh my. those look delicious!

happytummy said...

brilliant idea! they're beautiful!

Grace said...

who knew something so simple could be so absolutely elegant and lovely? wonderful for decorating and popping like candy. :)

RecipeGirl said...

I love these! So pretty!!

farida said...

This is a great idea!

Baking Soda said...

Thanks for the idea! I used them as a garnish on our christmas salad and skewered with pink prosecco. Huge success!

Billy Bob said...

If you use large sugar crystals first and then let dry and then roll in regular sugar or superfine sugar you will get a better RED and crystal glistening color and an awesome taste. You make them the same way just alter the type of sugar or effect.