Seasonal berry best fresh
FRESH cranberries are available now and they’re terrific for all kinds of recipes (frozen ones are good too, but I think the fresh ones have a slight edge in flavour and texture).
Cranberries contain an amazing array of phytonutrients (naturally occurring chemicals in plant foods) with reported antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties.
There may be a few white berries in the bag, they’re fine to use, they just haven’t been exposed to as much sunlight as the red ones. If you’re using frozen cranberries for these recipes, don’t thaw them first or they’ll be mushy.
BRIE WITH CRANBERRY ORANGE CARAMEL TOPPING
1 Tbsp butter
cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp whipping cream
cup fresh cranberries
8 oz of Brie cheese, cut intoToasted baguette slices or sturdy crackers
In a medium saucepan melt the butter over medium heat; stir in the brown sugar, orange juice and heavy cream. Add the cranberries; bring to a boil, then cook, stirring, until the cranberries have broken down and the liquid has thickened, about three minutes. Let the mixture cool slightly. Place a slice of Brie on each cracker and spoon a little of the warm c nike air max ranberry mixture on top. Serve immediately. Makes about 18 appetizers.1 cup plus 1 Tbsp all purpose flour (separate use)
cup packed brown sugar
cup plus 2 Tbsp cold butter (separate use)
5 ripe but firm Bartlett o nike air max r Bosc pears
1 cup fresh nike air max cranberries
1 Tbsp lemon juice
cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
To make the topping: in a medium mixing bowl stir together the one cup of flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. With a pastry blender or two knives cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. Peel, quarter and core the pears, then cut them lengthwise into half inch slices.
In a mixing bowl toss the pears gently with the lemon juice, cranberries, granulated sugar and the remaining tablespoon of flour. Spoon the fruit mixture into a shallow two quart baking dish and dot with the remaining two tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit juices are bubbling up on the edges of the pan. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Makes six to eight servings.
CRANBERRY SWOON BARS
If you’ve ever tried a ta nike air max sty little cranberry treat at local coffee shops these will bring back memories, but I think the fresh cranberries make them even better.