Are you looking to add an interesting twist to your holiday side dishes, appetizers, and cocktails? If so, you may want to consider making frosted cranberries. I started making them for the holidays a few years ago and they received rave reviews from my family and friends. Here’s how to do it:
In order to make frosted cranberries, you’ll need a 16-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of water, and 2 cups of granulated sugar. You’ll also need a sewing needle and waxed paper.
Preparing the Cranberries
Start by washing the cranberries. Next, use your sewing needle to poke two holes into each cranberry. I typically poke one hole on each side of the cranberry so it’s balanced. Once that is done, temporarily set the cranberries aside. Continue by filling a small bowl with 1 cup of granulated sugar and laying a sheet of waxed paper alongside it. You’ll need them later on in the frosting process.
Preparing the Frosting
Proceed by grabbing a metal sauce pan and turning your attention toward the stove top. Add 1 cup of sugar and one cup of water to the sauce pan and let it boil. The goal is to create a simple syrup. You will know that the syrup is ready when you are able to create a thread with the syrup and the spoon.
Once the simple syrup is ready, add the cranberries into the sauce pan. Allow the cranberries to cook in the simple syrup until the syrup develops a jelly like consistency. Next, remove the cranberries, one at a time, from the simple syrup mixture. Place each one onto the waxed paper. Be careful not to set the cranberries too close to one another. Otherwise, they may end up sticking to one another.
Frosting the Cranberries
Afterward, allow the simple syrup to dry onto the cranberries. In my experience, this may take one to two hours to accomplish. Then proceed by rolling each cranberry into the granulated sugar. That’s what the bowl of granulated sugar is for. Once you are done rolling the cranberries, set them onto a fresh piece of waxed paper until you are ready to use them.
Uses for Frosted Cranberries
Now that you have your frosted cranberries, you may be wondering what to do with them. In the past, I have stuffed baked acorn squash with frosted cranberries. I have also dropped the frosted cranberries into cranberry bellinis and on top of cranberry puddings and cranberry compotes. If you decide to make cranberry bellinis with your frosted cranberries, I’d also suggest that you consider sugaring the rims of your glasses. To sugar the rims, simply hold the glass upside down and dip it into cranberry juice. Keep the glass upside down and then dip the wet rim into granulated sugar. Once that’s done, turn the glass over and place it into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Source: Personal Experience
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