Frosted cranberries add beauty and sparkle to your Christmas dishes and drinks. Kay Shannon shows you how to make frosted cranberries – video included!
Cranberries and the Christmas go hand-in-hand. Their deep, rich ruby color and tart flavor perfectly complement the richness of holiday dishes. I remember stringing them with popcorn as a kid in elementary school making a garland for the class Christmas tree. Now, I “frost” them with sugar creating a beautiful garnish for food and drinks. Here’s how to make frosted cranberries.
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Uses for Frosted Cranberries
Frosted cranberries are a lovely garnish that dresses up any dish. Use them to pretty up a charcuterie board, garnish the Christmas turkey, rib roast, or whatever special main dish you’re having. Place them on a toothpick with a slice of lemon, lime, or orange to garnish a holiday cocktail or mocktail.
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I used frosted cranberries in this photo to pretty up my Cranberry Orange Quick Bread. It’s a fun and pretty way to give a hint as to what kind of bread is being served.
How to Make Frosted Cranberries
Note: My eggs come from my laying hens. I know exactly how old they are and that they have not been laying around in unsafe temperatures. So in the video below, I use a fresh egg white to make my frosted cranberries. I recommend using meringue powder to make anything requiring fresh egg whites that will be consumed without cooking. If these frosted cranberries are being used for garnish only and not eaten, then using a fresh egg white will be fine.
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How to Make Frosted Cranberries
A beautiful Christmas garnish for all your holiday food trays and dishes.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: dry for 1 hour
- Total Time: about an hour
- Yield: 12 ounces
- Category: garnish
12 ounces of whole, fresh cranberries
1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water or powdered meringue equivalent (follow package directions)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
Wash the cranberries.
Separate the yolk of one egg from the white or mix up the equivalent of 1 egg white using meringue powder. Whisk with a fork until slightly frothy.
Pour all the cranberries into the egg white mixture and toss with the fork to coat them well.
Then put a few at a time into the sugar and lightly toss them around to get them well coated. After they are coated with sugar, remove them with a fork and place them on a wire cooling rack to dry. Let them sit for an hour. They are ready to use when they’re dry.
Store the frosted cranberries in a lidded container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.
If you are going to consume frosted cranberries, use meringue powder rather than fresh egg white for safety.
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Enjoy making your Christmas dishes and drinks sparkle with beautifully frosted cranberries! Merry Christmas and thank you so much for stopping by!