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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