Got Cranberries?

Two recipes we’ll be enjoying on Christmas day feature cranberries as a main ingredient: 

 Cranberry-orange muffins with streusel topping & cranberry pineapple salad!  
Double yum!
Cranberry-orange muffins
These are a new one for this Christmas, as I had fresh cranberries I needed to use and an orange tree in the backyard full of ripe fruit.  I found the recipe here and made a few adjustments. I think they might become an every year thing too–Oh so tasty!!
– 2 C flour
– 3/4 C sugar + one extra tablespoon
– 1 t baking powder
– 1/2 t baking soda
– 1/2 t salt
– 1 1/4 C fresh cranberries (slightly chopped)
– 1 egg
– 3/4 C orange juice
– 1/4 C vegetable oil
– 2 t grated orange rind

– in a large bowl, combine dry ingredients
– chop cranberries just a bit, add to dry ingredients
– in a small bowl, beat egg, add orange juice, oil, & orange rind
– add to dry ingredients
– pour into greased muffin cups
For streusel topping:
– mix together 2 T flour, 1/4 C sugar and cut in 1 T butter until mixture resemble course crumbs.  Sprinkle on top of each muffin.  Add some turbanado or decorating sugar sprinkles.
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

Cranberry pineapple salad

The cranberry salad was the first dish I brought to Thanksgiving as a married lady and we’ve had it nearly very Thanksgiving and Christmas since then.

 – 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
 – 1 8oz. box raspberry jello
 – 1 20oz. can crushed pineapple
 – 1 apple (I usually use granny smith)
 – chopped pecans (optional)

To make: 
 – drain juice from crushed pineapple into a large glass measuring cup (set aside the  pineapple in a medium bowl).  Add water to get 3 cups.  Boil liquids.
 – Pour hot liquids into serving dish. Dissolve gelatin in hot liquid. Add can of whole berry sauce–break up in the jello.  Put in fridge to start setting
 – chop apple & pecans.  Mix with pineapple.
 – once the jello mixture has cooled and is just starting to set, stir in the fruit & nut mixture.  Return to the fridge to set completely.
Note:  I almost always make this the day/night before to let set completely & let the flavors combine.  
The picture shows a double recipe made in my trifle bowl.


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