Saturday, November 13, 2010

Vanilla-Orange Sugared Cranberries

I thought these were good. The sugar sweetens up the bitter/sour cranberries. Shane wasn't a big fan but my girls liked them! And they are really pretty AND easy to make! They do need to sit overnight, so plan ahead for that.

3 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange extract (or grand mariner)
1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)

1. Combine 2 ½ cups of sugar, water, vanilla, and orange extract in a sauce pan. Heat over medium until the sugar has completely dissolved—but not boiling.
2. Pour in the cranberries and stir. The hot syrup will loosen the skin, saturate the berries and adhere to the berries over time.
3. Cover the cranberries with a small plate to keep them mostly submerged. Then cover the pan and place it in the refrigerator over night.
4. Place the remaining 1 ¼ cup of sugar in a rimmed dish. Strain the cranberries and place them in the sugar. Shake until they are completely coated.
5. Carefully transfer them to a baking sheet to dry—about an hour.
6. Once the sugar coating is hard, place them in an air-tight container and keep in a cool spot for up to a week!