January 06, 2012

Cranberry Bounty

I hit the cranberry jackpot yesterday. First at Walmart they were tring to get rid of them for 50 cents a bag. I paid almost $3.00 a bag two weeks ago! So, I bought 4. Then I went to get more groceries at Aldi and they had their's marked down to 25 cents! I bought 6 more. I just love cranberries and so does my bladder. Came home and made a nice big batch of Cranberry Salsa, this time without pears since I didn't have any. Didn't have cilantro either. I just doubled the apples and it still turned out delish. And, you know what's awesome? These cinnamon sugar chips dipped in cranberry salsa! The store was trying to get rid of the chips the other day too for a dollar a bag. Super yummy snack here:

And then I got a recipe from a very odd source. I 'like' Sonic on facebook and they actually linked to this recipe for a fancy dessert called a Cranberry Lime Galette. I guess they figure it has some of the same flavor as their famous limeades. The recipe was posted right after I returned from the store with my Cranberry Bounty so I figured fate was telling me to make it.

Today was my husband's and my 16th wedding anniversary. We're saving our nice night out till tomorrow so I figured at least we can have a fancy dessert with our leftovers tonight to make the meal a wee bit more special. This 'galette' looks gourmet, but it is very simple to make. I already had some prepared pie crust so that made it very easy! Here's the recipe:

Cranberry Lime Galette
2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen (let thaw and pat dry)
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 cup moist, plump dried cranberries
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
Grated zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 tbsp raspberry jam or jelly

1 prepared pie crust
3 tbsp ground nuts (I used a combo of almonds & walnuts)
3 tbsp dry bread crumbs, unseasoned

Combine cranberries, apple, sugar, ginger, limes and jam.

In a small bowl combine nuts & bread crumbs.

Roll out pie crust to a 12 inch circle. Place the nut/crumb mixture in the center spread to about 2-3 inches from the crust's edge. Spread cranberry mixture on top. Fold up the edges of the crust, wet lightly with water then sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.

Here's the crust w/nut mixture:

Here's the pie before baking:

and here it is all done:

Isn't it beautiful? It tasted wonderful, albeit a bit sour but if you top with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream it's a perfect mix of tart & sweet. I think I'll try to remember this recipe for next Thanksgiving. I think it would be a nice addition to the dessert table!

Now, I'm off to search for more delicious cranberry recipes...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous dessert!!