Cranberry Fest

24 Nov

As promised, here are 2 delicious and easy recipes to start the food fest on Thursday.

The first:  Fresh Cranberry Sauce

The second:  Cranberry Thanksgiving Bread (courtesy of my 3rd grader)

Before you open that can o’ cranberry stuff…please read the recipe below.

And trust me…once you see how easy…how delicious…making your own mouthwatering cranberry sauce to go with that big ol’ turkey and broccoli casserole is…you will walk by those cans of cranberry stuff at the grocery store every year.

My parents both love to cook…especially during the holidays.  My dad always made fresh cranberry sauce so it was only natural for me to do that same once I had my own family.

And so I continued the tradition and introduced fresh, homemade cranberry sauce to my husband’s family….and they never looked back.  And my daughter literally eats a little turkey with her plate of cranberry sauce every year.

And then I changed things up a bit a few years ago:

My dad uses water…I use orange juice.

And one year we had a little Thanksgiving cook-off to see who makes it the best…

And he liked his the best.  And I liked my the best.

And I let my dad win because I love him…and because he is the original cranberry sauce maker.

But I still make mine with orange juice….

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

1 cup orange juice (or water)

1 cup sugar

1 bag fresh cranberries

Bring orange juice and sugar to a boil.

Add cranberries and return to a boil.

Cranberries will begin popping…and melting with the bubbly orange juice and sugar.

Reduce heat and let it ‘simmer down’….for about 10 minutes…

Chill overnight…and enjoy the sweet cranberries with the juicy orange juice on Thanksgiving Day!  (Confession…I will eat broccoli casserole smothered in cranberry sauce…all day long…for days on end.  I’m weird…)

Now on to Cranberry Thanksgiving Bread…

My Sweet P brought home this recipe yesterday and declared she wanted to make a ton to bring to her Nana’s house this week.  She said it was the most delicious bread she had ever had and we HAD to make it.

So off to the store I went today for some Craisins…

And we made 2 batches of Cranberry Thanksgiving Bread to share with her cousins on Thursday.

She made everything…start to finish…I was only the Sous Chef (which I love!)

Cranberry Thanksgiving Bread

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1 egg

1/2 c. dried cranberries

3/4 c. orange juice

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all the dry ingredients then the remaining ingredients.  Mix well.

Bake for 1 hour in a loaf pan or for mini muffins, bake for 20 minutes.  For large muffins, we baked ours for 33 minutes.

How simple is that!!  And they are delicious…especially when you get a big glass of milk and butter that muffin up!

To. Die. For.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your family…your children…and your friends.

Much love & blessings,

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4 Responses to “Cranberry Fest”

  1. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons November 28, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Oj in the cranberry sauce? Genius! Paul’s mom served the jar-o-jelly and my heart sank a little. But i’m celebrating a second turkey day when Mr. Marine Corps gets back from survival training in the woods so I will surely add this to my list of goodies to make him! yum!


    • Angie & Carrie November 30, 2010 at 6:44 am #

      I can’t handle can o’ cranberries… :)

  2. David November 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    I had a blast for having the pleasure of competing in the cranberry cook off with my daughter that I love very much……but I still think mines the best.

    • Angie & Carrie November 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      Your cranberry sauce is the best Dad…but my salsa will always be #1! Love you!!

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