Merry Berries!

25Dec09

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that you all are having a wonderful day with family or friends (or both!) My family is gathered in the North Country of the Adirondacks snuggled down in the house, with a fire roaring and gift wrappings everywhere. The cat and the dog are passed out on the couch, having both endured an all-morning photo shoot after Santa brought me a fancy-pants new camera! (Thanks, Santa!) Anyway, Merry Christmas to everyone and in the spirit, here are some Merry Berries!

Note: start this recipe the night before, as the first step involves soaking overnight!

Merry Berries (makes 6-8 cups, adapted from 101 Cookbooks)
2 packages Fresh Cranberries
2 cups Sugar
More sugar for rolling

Pick over the cranberries and remove any that are mushy or have soft or brown spots. Discard and put the remaining cranberries in a large bowl.

Make a simple syrup by boiling two cups of water and whisking in the 2 cups of sugar. Return to a boil briefly then remove from heat and let cool almost completely. When the simple syrup is cooled, pour over the cranberries in the bowl, stir, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, stir the cranberries again, then drain and spread out into a single layer on plates or a cookie sheet or two. Sprinkle sugar over top until berries are covered:

Allow two dry for another hour or two (longer is better). Stir and sprinkle sugar over the top. Continue the drying, stirring, and sprinkling of sugar until there are no more visible sticky/wet spots on the berries, and all are covered with sugar! Leave out to finish drying, then serve with a cheese plate or in champagne… or any time you feel like a tart snack!

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4 Responses to “Merry Berries!”

  1. These cranberries are gorgeous!! Did you use your new camera? The photos are awesome. I love cranberries. I could eat them all year, not just for the holidays. I make a yummy cranberry applesauce and eat it in the morning with my sprouted grain stuffed french toast. A great way to start the day! Happy Holidays. Enjoy the Adirondacks!

  2. 2 katemotter

    Thanks, Marla! I didn’t use the new camera on these – made these before Xmas, but new posts and photos coming soon! Cranberry applesauce sounds amazing…

  3. Great blog. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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