The timing of this month’s #CranberryLove bloghop was perfect. I just received a big bag of these gorgeous, ruby red fresh cranberries in my weekly CSA share. My 5 year old couldn’t resist their shine and bit into one. And promptly spit it out when that super duper tartness hit her tongue!
A little background on the humble cranberry:
- A good source of Vitamin C, fiber, manganese and antioxidants (a lot of goodness packed into such a tiny berry.)
- Primarily cultivated in America and Canada
- 95% of cranberries are processed into juice, sauce or dried cranberries – this fact blew my mind! It’s kind of a shame that more of us don’t cook with fresh – there’s NOTHING like homemade cranberry sauce – and it’s pretty simple to make (here’s a variety of basic cranberry sauce & relish recipes compiled by Cooking Light Magazine.)
But for this bloghop, I really wanted to go beyond the sauce – I tried to figure out out another savory dish but in the end, baking a cranberry cake won out.
This recipe is a simple tube pan cake – it was inspired by a labor of love cookbook called Cooking Healthy Across America, which was produced by the Food & Culinary Professionals – a 2,000+ group of food loving dietitians. I tweaked a recipe for Orange-Glazed Cranberry Cake developed by my colleague and dear friend, Barb Pyper. You could jazz it up by adding other dried fruits like cherries or raisins. For topping, I simply used powdered sugar but it would also be divine the way Barb made it – with a citrus glaze.
And by the way, you really don’t have to wait until the holidays to have an excuse to make this.
From some more Cranberry 101, here’s great clip from CookingLight.com that gives cranberry buying, storing and cooking tips.
If you have a cranberry recipe, come join in the #cranberrylove fun by linking up any cranberry recipe from the month of November 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers can view all the #cranberrylove recipes! The twitter hashtag is #cranberrylove.
Your hosts for #cranberrylove:
Deanna @ Teaspoon of Spice | @tspbasil
Kimberly @ Badger Girl Learns To Cook | @bdgergrl
Evelyne @ Cheap Ethic Eatz | @cethniceatz
EA @ The Spicy RD | @thespicyrd
Sheila @ Pippi’s In the Kitchen Again | @shlylais
T.R. @ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies | @TRCrumbley
Shulie @ Food Wanderings | @foodwanderings
Becky @ Baking and Cooking: The Tale of Two Loves