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Reine de Saba Cake with Candied Cranberries

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Reine de Saba CakeI found a version of this Reine de Saba Cake going through my very old files, ostensively to clean them out. It’s funny how many never make it to the waste can.  It was called an ice cream cake, but the filling isn’t really ice cream.  By whatever name, it’s very, very good….and easy! Continue reading

Candied Cranberries

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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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  I was putting this part in the new technique section  I am building which is meant as a reference and not to be published on it’s own.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.

Herbed Cheese Bread

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Herbed Cheese BreadThis Herbed Cheese Bread is a great example of why I love to bake bread.  Baking bread is infinitely variable and always interesting. Continue reading

White Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake

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White Chocolate Mocha CheesecakeThis indulgent White Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake is exceptional.  White chocolate, coffee and an ingredient no one will guess impart a creamy luxuriousness with a flavor that lingers after the last bite.  I modeled this cheesecake after the top layer of the Tri-Chocolate Pate that also uses Maderia as its undetectable, but most important flavoring. Continue reading

Brie and Bacon Tart

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Brie and Bacon TartThis Brie and Bacon Tart was sold from our take out shop.  The combination of brie, bacon and caramelized onions is hard to beat. Unlike a quiche, I have used a combination of low fat cottage cheese and plain yogurt as well as eggs for the liquid. Not only does it reduce the calories from cream which is usually used,  but this combination allows the flavors to come through since the cottage cheese/yogurt mix does not coat your tongue as does cream. Continue reading