Ode to Cranberry

Photo above: Cranberry syrup on vanilla pancakes

I love cranberries and they are not just for Thanksgiving! Here are two recipes that work together and highlight this lovely flavor.

Cranberry Syrup

Cranberry Syrup
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Super easy to make and a fresh tart/sweet taste
Recipe type: Condiment, Sauce
Serves: 12
  • 3 bags of fresh cranberries (approximately 9 cups)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  1. In a deep saucepan, cook the cranberries, sugar and water on medium heat until the cranberries are soft, about 12 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in lemon juice.
  2. Run cranberries through a food mill over a bowl, or puree in a food processor and strain through a sieve. Save cranberry pulp and set aside.
  3. Store in canning jars.
Delicious on pancakes, over ice cream or pound cake.


Cranberry Pistachio Muffins
Cranberry Pistachio Muffins
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Deliciously moist muffins
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped, unsalted pistachios
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • cranberry pulp saved from syrup recipe, approx 1.5 cups or low sugar cranberry sauce strained
  • .5 cup brown sugar
  • .25 cup canola oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Sift dry ingredients
  3. Beat egg in separate bowl, add buttermilk, sugar, cranberries, oil
  4. Mix in dry ingredients
  5. Spoon into pre-greased muffin tin
  6. Bake

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Eliza Alys Young, aka CreativEliza, is a free spirit, world traveler, creative expert, and part of multicultural family… Eliza shares her time between the US, Dominican Republic and beyond. When she is not caring for her high-energy kids, writing her poetry or for her blog, creating art or cooking up a storm, she is designing for her own company, Design Intense.

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