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Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Scone with Cranberry Strawberry JamAfter last week’s marathon recipe, Scones with Cranberry Strawberry Jam is a walk in the park. The scones are easily made and the jam requires no canning if kept in the refrigerator or freezer.  The combination of the cranberries and strawberries makes a sweet-tart topping for the scones, toast, biscuits, or pancakes and waffles. A jar of the jam makes a perfect hostess gift.

These scones are endlessly variable.   They are light, moist and very buttery tasting despite the fact they have only three tablespoons of butter. Of course, the liquid used is heavy cream.

The scones should be served close to baking for the best experience. But they are certainly good any time of the day, even the next day. Since they can be frozen, either baked or unbaked, warm scones can be had any time of the day. This is a wonderful breakfast with friends or part of a brunch.  They can be made larger or smaller as desired. Continue reading

Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishYou’re right, Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish has nothing to do with pastry. However, before I had Pastries Like a Pro, I had another blog for which I am no longer writing. It featured all manner of food and I couldn’t help think, as I prepare for the holidays that this Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish would be something you would like also. This is one of the most popular recipes from my take out shop and we featured it every year for Thanksgiving. I still do. I think if you try it, it will become one of your traditions also.

I love cranberries almost anyway you can serve them. In fact, when I had the bakery, the staff had to restrain me because I had so many cranberry items on the menu.

I don’t know if it’s their tart taste, beautiful red jewel like color, or their ease of preparation. I suspect it is all of them. This quick to put together Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish will keep in the refrigerator for a week, so make it ahead of time so you have one less thing to do on the day of service. As an aside, we froze cranberries in season so we had them all year as we featured an appetizer sandwich of biscuits, brined roasted pork tenderloin topped with this relish. It was always a huge hit – even with people not prone to cranberries.

Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishIngredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish1 -12 ounce package fresh cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1/2 cup finely cut fresh pineapple
1/4 large orange

Pick over the cranberries to remove any bad ones by placing them in a rimmed pan so they can’t roll away. Place the cranberries, water and sugar in a saucepan. Cranberries, water and sugar in saucepan for Cranberries Fresh Pineapple RelishBring to a boil, over medium heat, stirring frequently. beginning-to-boil-for-cranberry-fresh-pineapple-relish.jpegContinue to a full boil, until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Ingredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish coming to a boilRemove from the heat and add the apricot preserves. Apricot preserves added to Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishCool completely at this point. If you are in a hurry (as I am invariably) quick cool by thinly spreading out on a plate.Quick cooking the hot ingredients for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

In the meantime, cut the orange including the rind into about 6 pieces. Place in a processor and Orange segments in the food processor for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relishprocess until very finely chopped.Oranges processed for Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishCombine all, stirring well. All ingredients in a bowl for the Cranberry Fresh Pineapple RelishStore the Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish in the refrigerator up to a week.Cranberry Fresh Pineapple Relish

Chocolate Cranberry Curd Tart

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Chocolate Cranberry Curd TartChocolate Cranberry Curd had become an absolute favorite for the holidays at the bakery. Besides its vibrant color, the taste and texture are outstanding. We used it in tarts, cakes and petit fours. Room permitting, we would freeze cases of cranberries at the end of the season in order to get a head start the following season and test new recipes during the year.

I love cranberries so much that the staff would have to make me take some of the cranberry desserts off the menu so we could put other seasonal items on.  There is nothing like the sweet tart taste and the intense red color enclosed in a deep chocolate brown glaze.

The tart itself is easy to make with its press in crust which means no rolling.  The cranberry curd itself has one extra step as you have to cook the cranberries and puree them before actually making the curd.  The glaze is a simple matter two ingredients which make the perfect finish. Continue reading