Candied Cranberries

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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A word of explanation.  This is part of a recipe that is  to be posted later.  I was putting this part in the new technique section  I am building which is meant as a reference and not to be published on it’s own.  It wasn’t to go out so obviously my lack of technical ability popped up again.

The Reine de Saba Cake mentioned at the end of this post is a marvelous cake and really easy since it is frozen.  I will move the publication date up to Monday.

The Candied Cranberries are wonderful this time of year.  They are my favorite fruit and I use them many ways.  These are great as a dessert sauce, especially good with chocolate.  Also great on ice cream.

Candied CranberriesIngredients for Candied Cranberries

12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar (350 grams)

Place the cranberries in a rimmed baking sheet and pick over the cranberries.  Discard any that aren’t plump and perfect.Cranberries on Tray

Prepare a steamer by placing a rack on the bottom of a pot or pan into which the bowl of the cranberries will fit.  I use an 11” wide by 3“ deep braising pan with straight sides and a lid.  I put a cake cooling rack on the bottom and set a 9” round cake pan with the cranberries in it on the rack.

Cranberries in braising pan

Bring the water and sugar to a full boil.  Wash the sides of the pan down with cold water.Washing down sides of the panPour it over the cranberries.  Cranberries in pan with the syrupWeight the cranberries down with a plate or two to keep them submerged below the sugar syrup. Plate weighing cranberries downAdd water to the bottom pan just below the cranberries.  Cover the pan.  Candied Cranberries coveredBring the water to a simmer and keep it at a low simmer for 15 minutes.  Do not let the water boil as the berries may pop and you want to keep them as whole as possible.

Remove the pan from the heat.  Remove the plate with a pair of tongs.Removing plate from braising pan

Leave the candied cranberries in the uncovered pan to cool completely.

If making these in advance, store the cranberries in the syrup in the refrigerator.Candied Cranberries

If the syrup is too thin to glaze the cranberries, pour the syrup into a small saucepan.  Make sure you pour off all of the syrup.  Bring it to a boil and cook  to a temperature of 220°F.  Cool completely.  I usually do this a day or two ahead of serving. Pour the syrup over the cranberries and stir gently to coat them.  Refrigerate. Serve the candied crnberries  at room temperature.

See Reine de Saba Cake with Candied Cranberries.

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3 thoughts on “Candied Cranberries

  1. Nikki P

    But this was a “happy error” it led me to the Amaretto Torte that I am looking forward to making and I probably would not have see it.
    Looking forward to Monday’s post and a new recipe.

  2. Nikki P

    I do not find the Reine de Saba Cake with Candied Cranberries you mention at the end of this recipe. I di however find an Amaretto Torte that just might be a Thanksgiving Dessert! and I think you for that. But is the cake you mention archived or hidden someplace?

    1. hfletcher Post author

      Hi Nikki – that was not supposed to be published. Obviously my lack of technical ability has popped up – again. I am moving the Reine de Saba up to this Monday since half of it is already published. I put an explanation on the page.

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