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The Mighty Cranberry…An Ongoing Story

What to do after drying a pound of cranberries? I could have done some trail mix, but we are not big fan. I thought about granola but I knew I would have eaten it all before I could photograph it. I thought about making brioche or panettone and using them in the dough, but I plan on making fruit stollen next week. Wednesday, B. usually stays home in the afternoon, works on bills, lesson plans or grades papers so around 4 – 5pm, we usually sit down for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. I went online and searched for a fairly easy coffee cake recipe since I did not have much time to bake that morning.

This one looked promising with such high ratings, I modified it a bit using dried berries and I added 1/2 cup eggnog (yes, you read right…homemade). I also skipped the nuts for the topping as I am saving them for food gifts I am giving away before we leave for France. Hard to believe I’ll be home in 2 weeks!

Dried Cranberries Coffee Cake, adapted from Recipezaar:

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk, plus
1/2 cup eggnog
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9 inch springform pan.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk and eggnog, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients.Cut in butter until crumbly.Sprinkle over batter.
Bake for 45 minutes,until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Turned out to be easy and delicious, perfect after it has a chance to cool completely. It is perfect with afternoon tea.

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Anonymous December 1, 2006 um 6:34 am

wow…you made your own dried cranberries? pacific northwest is the largest producer of cranberries, and there’s some cranberries bogs that i’ve been gone to. your coffee cake looks good with cranberries!

dumoria December 1, 2006 um 11:27 am

What texture does it have? Since my sister moved out of the house to study in Brussels, I had been plotting a couple of goûters. I could buy dry cranberries next time I go to Germany.

I had the chance to taste cranberry juice last month in a pub. Unfortunately, the only thing local stores carry a limonade. There’s a non alcoholic punch I really like that involves cranberry, orange, lemon juices and ginger ale. It would rock with the real stuff.

Anonymous December 1, 2006 um 1:13 pm

Ca tombe a pic. Je disais justement a Tanna que je ne connais pas assez bien les canneberges. Ca a l’air delicieux et moelleux.

Helene December 1, 2006 um 2:22 pm

Eliza: they were unsweet but drying them is quite easy.

Dumoria: is is crmbly but dense like a cake. It is easier to cut after it got refrigerated but serve it room temperature. I am going home for the holidays and I know it won’t be easy to make Cosmos, oh well I’ll just have to drink champagne..wink,wink!

Bea: splurge! Cranberries are my new power/health food. I recently made a kumquat/cranberry compote that turned out delicious, but unfortunately does not photograph well.

wheresmymind December 1, 2006 um 3:03 pm

Looks crantastic!

Anonymous December 1, 2006 um 6:06 pm

Looks lovely! one more awesome cranberry recipe from you!

Anonymous December 1, 2006 um 10:06 pm

Avec un café…hum…


Jen the Bread Freak December 1, 2006 um 10:52 pm

This looks delicious! I’m going to have to mark this down to make once my other holiday baking is done.

Lauren December 1, 2006 um 11:10 pm

I’m so jealous that your still hording cranberries – they are so delicious. and this cake looks perfect!

Anonymous December 2, 2006 um 12:12 am

Alright, you are posting quicker than I can read…you and Ivonne. I’m so far behind! This looks good.

Helene December 2, 2006 um 12:35 am

wheresmymind: hahha!

Monisha: thank you dear!

Emma: merci! C’est effectivement delicieux avec un cafe ou un the.

Jen: I am starting my holiday baking too. These would be good with chocolate chip cookies.

Lauren: I have got connections…Sunny my produce guy!

Peabody: that’s how I feel when I visit your blog! Some many awesome concoctions!

Gattina Cheung December 2, 2006 um 9:11 am

I love the idea of adding eggnog, I tried in another baked goods once which turned out so well. The texture of your coffee cake so tender so moist, let me go make a coffee now!
Helene, have a great trip too, home sweet home !

Lis December 2, 2006 um 10:25 am

Your coffee cake looks so good! I love the addition of the eggnog, too =)

What I don’t like is the reminder that you’ll be leaving.. on one hand I’m very happy for you and on the other hand I’m gonna miss you so much!

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abstract canvas prints April 4, 2012 um 2:31 pm

Ahh what a wonderful post, thanks so much for sharing!

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