Who would eat a raw cranberry ?! OMG – what an awful thought! No, no, no…these are ‘candied’ cranberries. This is my new wow ’em treat for guests this holiday. Why – because they’re unbelievably festive and even more unbelievable easy! I actually had to take extra pics and spread out the steps to make you think I was actually working at this!! (too many exclamation points,…the grammar police will be here soon…) OK, I’ll calm down, cause there’s a catch. Yes, there’s always a catch isn’t there. This time it’s the weird ingredient of the season ; ‘Orange Blossom Water’. You probably won’t find it at the supermarket, but you can add it to your ‘Cookie Day supplies’ order from King Arthur Flour, or Amazon. I found mine at Williams-Sonoma (that place is the scourge of my checkbook! – hurts so good). It was on sale and I just knew I’d need it some day. That day has come.
This deliciousness is brought to us courtesy of Food52 and ‘CozyDelicious’ – thanks guys – this is awesome!
Make a simple syrup with 1 Cup Water and 1 Cup Sugar (I think you could do this with Whey-Low or Stevia too…but not today), and 2 tsp of Orange Blossom Water*.
*Now, the recipe said you could omit this – but why. This is such a wonderful and unusual ingredient – get some. The smell is NOT orange liqueur,…it really smells like orange blossoms…I live in Florida, I know what I’m talking about. It’s elegant, like you’d imagine being in Yves St. Laurent’s kitchen,… if he had one.
Take it off the heat and let it sit for 10 min. Then you can add the berries.
Set that sweetness aside to cool to room temp.
Later, dump it all into a sealed container and park it in the chill chest for a few hours (I did mine overnight).
Drain off the liquid,….NO don’t dump it!!!! The GreyGoose Gods will never forgive you! Have you tasted that stuff?? It’s screaming to be funneled into a sweet little bottle and parked at the bar. Oh, yes my friends,….a martini is in my future. One with an orange twist and a touch of Orange Blossom Syrup.
It’s not even a step…
This is so good – and you’ll NEVER find it in a store. Hmm, this might make a good gift for the ‘Martini Maven’ on your list.
OK, before they dry out, give the berries a roll in the rest of the sugar (about a cup).
Lay them out and let them dry for an hour or so before serving. And yes, like the ones strung on the tree, they’ll keep…well, whatever’s left will.
WARNING: You will eat them before your guests get there – make a double batch!
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Sugar (divided)
- 2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
- 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
- Make a simple syrup with 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Sugar, and Orange Blossom Water
- After the sugar dissolves, set it aside for 10 min. Then add the cranberries.
- Let it sit to cool. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate for 8 - 24 hours (l did mine overnight)
- Draine, roll in 1 cup sugar and let dry on baking sheet for a hour before serving.
- I've had to hide them - I ate all that didn't fit in the fancy sugar bowl for pics...gone...all gone.
- Remember, save that syrup for another use.