The holidays are here, so most families are thinking about what side dishes to bring to the parties. Cranberries are staple ingredients for fixings, but what makes up this fan favorite?
- Cranberries contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They also include only 45 calories per cup.
- Cranberry’s juice can be used for the prevention of urinary tract infections and bacterial adhesion in the stomach.
- The same bacteria preventing ability of the cranberry juice can avert the formation of plaque, which leads to fewer cavities.
Recipe: Easy Cranberry Bread
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon, rind of
3/4 cup orange juice
1 3/4 cups cranberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add egg, finely grated orange peel, lemon peel, and orange juice all at once; carefully stir until the mixture is evenly moist. Fold in cranberries. Spoon and spread evenly into a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
Recipe: Cranberry Sauce
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries
Optional: Pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse them. Pick out and discard any damaged or bruised cranberries. Put the water and sugar in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the cranberries to the pot and return to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have burst. Once the cranberries have burst you can leave the cranberry sauce as is, or dress it up with other ingredients. We like to mix in a half a cup of chopped pecans with a few strips of orange zest. Some people like adding raisins or currants, or even blueberries for added sweetness. You can also add holiday spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice. Remove the pot from heat. Let cool completely at room temperature, then transfer to a bowl to chill in the refrigerator.