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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cranberry Apple Sauce/Muffins

I love making fresh cranberry sauce.  This year's sauce doubled as a cheesecake topping!  I used this recipe was great, my favorite so far!  Of course I always have extra and have found that adding the sauce to make muffins is a perfect way to use up the extras.  2 adjustments, I made, I did not add the pomegranate arils and I used frozen fresh ginger instead of ground.

Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce 
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 small apple, diced
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger

In a large saucepan, heat the pomegranate juice, apple, cranberries, sugar and ginger over medium-low heat. Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until thickened and most of the liquid is evaporated. 

Muffins!!- Cranberry and almonds are a great combo!  This recipe hit the spot!  I did find that it was to moist as a bread, but muffins turned out great.  I also left the glaze off.  

    For the Bread:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream 
  • 1 can (14oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce
Cream butter, sugar and eggs together, add dry ingredients then cranberry sauce and sour cream. 

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