I've seen sugared cranberries year after year on various blogs and websites and thought they'd be hard to make. Plus, would they really taste good or were they just used as decorations? Then I started researching. Some folks just dipped their cranberries into sugar water, dried them, and then covered them in sugar. Pretty? Yes. Tasty? Not so sure. Fresh cranberries = TART!
Then I saw some other folks who marinated their cranberries in a sugar solution first. Then they dried and covered the cranberries in sugar. So, when my parents gave me a bag of fresh cranberries, I decided it was time to try the second method, and if they didn't quite turn out, I planned on dehydrating them and mixing with granola or baking with them. :)
Well, I'm glad to report, I never got that far. We snacked on these deliciously sweet and tart cranberries until they were no more! I liked the crunch of each cranberry as well as the sweet flavor you get when you pop one into your mouth and then the sweetly tangy feel as you bite into the cranberry. I'm sure this recipe will be making a repeat in my kitchen!
Yield: 3 cups
|3 cups||fresh cranberries|
|1. Gather all materials.|
|2. Dissolve sugar in water, heating slightly if needed.|
|3. Place cranberries in a jar, and then pour sugar solution over cranberries. Allow cranberries to soak overnight.|
|4. (optional) Strain the cranberries from the sugar solution, and allow sugar solution to dry.|
|5. Roll cranberries around in sugar until coated and sparkly.|