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.

Yay Cranberries !
Yay Cranberries !

 

This deliciousness is brought to us courtesy of Food52 and ‘CozyDelicious’ – thanks guys – this is awesome!

Candied Cranberries

Step 1
Step 1

Step 1

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. 

 

Step 2
Step 2

Step 2

Take it off the heat and let it sit for 10 min. Then you can add the berries.

 

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3

Set that sweetness aside to cool to room temp.

 

Step 4
Step 4

Step 4

Later, dump it all into a sealed container and park it in the chill chest for a few hours (I did mine overnight).

 

Step 5
Step 5

Step 5

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.

Step 6
Step 6

Step 6

It’s not even a step…

 

 

 

 

Yum !
Yum !

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Step 7
Step 7

Step 7

OK, before they dry out, give the berries a roll in the rest of the sugar (about a cup).

 

Step 8
Step 8

Step 8

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.

 

So festive !
So festive !

 

WARNING: You will eat them before your guests get there – make a double batch!

                                                                                                                    You’re welcome. 

 

Candied Cranberries
Like an ornament you can eat !
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Water
  2. 2 Cups Sugar (divided)
  3. 2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
  4. 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Make a simple syrup with 1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Sugar, and Orange Blossom Water
  2. After the sugar dissolves, set it aside for 10 min. Then add the cranberries.
  3. Let it sit to cool. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate for 8 - 24 hours (l did mine overnight)
  4. Draine, roll in 1 cup sugar and let dry on baking sheet for a hour before serving.
Notes
  1. I've had to hide them - I ate all that didn't fit in the fancy sugar bowl for pics...gone...all gone.
  2. Remember, save that syrup for another use.
Adapted from Food52 / CozyDelicious
Adapted from Food52 / CozyDelicious
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