Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 348: Candy

365/348: Candy, originally uploaded by riekhavoc.

One of my most favorite Christmas foods, that I'd never even heard of until Max made them for me last year.

How to make them:
For each 3 cup bag of cranberries, make a simple syrup by bringing 1.5 cups of sugar and 1.5 cups of water to an almost-boil (so that little bubbles are just starting to come up). Do it slowly, over low heat. While it's heating up, rinse the cranberries and put them in a big bowl. Once the syrup is done, pour it over the cranberries and cover them with a plate (to keep the cranberries submerged in the syrup). Then refrigerate overnight. In the morning, drain the cranberries, but keep the syrup for tasty cranberry cocktails later. Pour 3/4 cup of sugar (super-fine is best, but regular works too) into a cookie sheet or brownie pan with sides, and break up any clumps. Then add the drained cranberries and shake them around to start to coat them in sugar. Add another 3/4 of a cup of sugar (or so) over the top, and keep shaking until they're sugared all the way around. Let them dry for an hour or so, then serve them right away. Super yummy!

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