EASY CRANBERRY COFFEE CAKE

1/2 CUP MELTED BUTTER
2 EGGS
1 1/2 CUP SUGAR
2 CUPS FLOUR
1 1/2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
1 1/2 TEASPOONS CINNAMON
1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM
2 CUPS FRESH CRANBERRIES
2 TABLESPOONS TURBINADO SUGAR

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES.  BLEND MELTED BUTTER, EGGS, 1 CUP OF THE SUGAR AND VANILLA.  IN A SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE 2 CUPS FLOUR, BAKING POWDER, SALT AND CINNAMON.  POUR DRY INGREDIENTS INTO THE BUTTER MIXTURE, BLENDING UNTIL JUST COMBINED,  TOSS TOGETHER REMAINING SUGAR AND CRANBERRIES THEN ADD SOUR CREAM AND CRANBERRIES TO THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS- COMBINE WITH AS FEW STROKES AS POSSIBLE. POUR BATTER INTO A 9X13 INCH PAN AND TOP WITH A SPRINKLE OF TURBINADO SUGAR.
BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES.

Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake

                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
One of my favorite recipes that uses canned cranberry.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 CUP BUTTER, SOFTENED
1 CUP SUGAR
2 EGGS
1 CUP PLAIN YOGURT.
1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
1 TSP BAKING POWDER
1 TSP BAKING SODA
1/4 TSP SALT
1 14 OZ CAN WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE

FOR TOPPING:
COMBINE TOGETHER:

1 CUP CHOPPED PECANS
1/3 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1/4 CUP SUGAR
1 TSP GROUND CINNAMON

INSTRUCTIONS:

IN A LARGE BOWL, CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR.  ADD EGGS, ONE AT A TIME, BEATING WELL AFTER EACH ADDITION. 
COMBINE THE YOGURT AND VANILLA.
COMBINE THE FLOUR, BAKING POWDER, BAKING SODA AND SALT; GRADUALLY ADD TO THE CREAMED MIXTURE, ALTERNATELY WITH THE YOGURT MIXTURE.

SET ASIDE 1 1/2 CUPS BATTER
POUR THE REMAINING BATTER INTO A GREASED 12X8X2 INCH GLASS BAKING DISH.  TOP WITH HALF OF THE CRANBERRY SAUCE.
SPRINKLE HALF THE TOPPING INGREDIENTS OVER THE CRANBERRY SAUCE.
TOP WITH RESERVE BATTER AND REMAINING CRANBERRY SAUCE AND TOPPING.
BAKE AT 325 DEGREES FOR 50-60 MINUTES OR UNTIL A TOOTHPICK INSERTED NEAR THE CENTER COMES OUT CLEAN.
COOL ON A WIRE RACK.

Cape Cod Cranberry Scones

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Cape Cod Cranberry Scones

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cranberries, orange peel and sugar;stir in buttermilk just until ingredients are moistened.

 Working on floured surface, shape dough into two 8-inch circles, 1/2-inch thick. Cut each circle into eight wedges and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned.

CRANBERRY STRATA

THIS RECIPE WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY DEAR FRIENDS, BARRY AND ROBERT FROM ST PAUL’S IN THE DESERT.  THEY PREPARED IT FOR A LOVELY CHRISTMAS BRUNCH, KNOWING MY FONDNESS FOR ANYTHING WITH CRANBERRIES.

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Here is the Cranberry Strata recipe.

 

12 slices of white sandwich  bread

9 eggs

3 cups half and half

12 ounces of  soften cream cheese

2 teaspoons orange zest

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

Beat cream cheese and orange zest in bowl. Add one egg at a time to make lumpy batter. Mix in the half and half, sugar and vanilla.

 

Use a 9 x 13 glass or ceramic baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the dish with a layer of bread to fit tightly. Pour about of cup of batter over the bread and sprinkle with half of cranberries. Add another layer of bread and repeat. Pour the remaining batter over the bread and add cranberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Bring dish to room temperature and  remove wrap. Sprinkle top with the walnuts and press into the bread. Heat over to 325. Place on middle rack of oven. Bake until strata is firm and puffy – about40-45 minutes. Test with toothpick, if it comes out clean, it is done. Let stand before cutting. Serves about 12.  his is great for entertaining as all the prep work is done the day before serving. You can also add cooked sausage or ham to the strata for complete meal. Serve with fresh fruit.

 

Barry and Robert