So, it's December 25. That's crazy! I cannot believe that 2012 is almost over. The holidays, anticipation and food towards the end of the year are all so wonderful.
Cranberries are one of my favorite foods in November and December, and these sugared cranberries are definitely going to become a staple every year because they are soo incredibly delicious and simple. While I love cranberry sauce, this alternative way of serving cranberries is so genius.
You'll start by making a simple syrup with equal parts of sugar and water.
Once you add the cranberries to the syrup, drain them, and wait a bit, you can roll them in sugar. They look so beautiful and festive in the sugar, and you'll be amazed by how great they taste.
Sparkling Sugared Cranberries
from Annie's Eats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
12 oz. fresh cranberries
Heat the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool briefly. Add half of the cranberries to the simple syrup and stir gently to coat the berries fully. Repeat with the other half of the cranberries.
Remove the berries from the syrup with a slotted spoon to drain the excess syrup. Transfer the drained berries to a wire rack over a baking sheet. Allow the berries to dry for about an hour.
Place a handful of the berries in a shallow bowl of sugar and roll gently to coat the berries. Place the sugared berries back on the wire rack and coat the remaining berries with sugar.