Tuesday, December 29, 2009
How about a holiday season palate-cleanser? Something sweet and tart to get us to 2010. I could see a couple of these little jeweled cranberries dropped in a glass of champagne for New Year's Eve or set out at a cocktail party for nibbles. I've seen these made on a bunch of other food blogs this holiday season so I tried making them a couple times. Easy, delicious and unusual--just be aware you need to start them the day before so give yourself enough time. Wash two cups of fresh cranberries and pick out any spoiled ones. Make a simple syrup by bringing two cups of sugar to a simmer in two cups of water. Let it cool off for a few minutes then pour it over two cups of cleaned cranberries. You want it to be slightly cooled so it doesn't cook or pop your cranberries. Mix it up gently, cover and put it in the fridge overnight so the berries can soak up all the sugar syrup. The next day, drain them off...And roll them in white granulated sugar. I used about 1/2 cup at a time so it didn't get wet and clumpy. You want each berry to get fully dusted on the surface.Let them set for about 2 hours to dry.Give them a second roll in sugar and then let rest again for 1 more hour.They should be crunchy and hard to the touch on the outside. Put them in a festive bowl and enjoy!