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3 Great Recipes for Using Leftover Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry Orange Bread, Cranberry Whip, and Cranberry Granola Bars
How to Use up Your Leftover Cranberry Sauce
One of the strict rules of frugal living and frugal cooking is to use up your leftovers, and I am always looking for creative ways to do so with my Thanksgiving meal or Christmas meal. In our home, we rarely use the entire can of Cranberry Sauce for our holiday dinner, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. I am always on the lookout for frugal family recipes, and have developed this recipe over the past twenty years by substituting ingredients from an old banana bread recipe my grandmother gave me. Happy Baking!
Cranberry Sauce Loaf
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You will need one non-stick loaf pan.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (I usually have these left over from my Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust. If you have slightly less than 1 cup, add a little whole wheat or all purpose flour to get the cup).
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cranberry sauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecan
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup canola oil.
With a fork, mix the first five ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in raisins and nuts. Gently fold in cranberry sauce. Add egg, orange juice and oil. Stir just until mixed. Scrape into loaf pan and bake for at least 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes. This loaf is moist and yummy. Some years I have shredded orange rind into it, but the kids didn't like it.
Cranberry Granola Bars
I believe this recipe originally came from a tear away at Bulk Barn. Bulk Barn is a great place for frugalistas and penny pinchers. Like most bulk buy stores, there are often tear-away note-pad type recipes near the bins that carry the required ingredients. This is one of the first recipes I made using dried cranberries and we love the bars! Good for lunches, snacks, and potlucks.
Granola Bars with Dried Cranberries
3 cups of rolled oats (use either large flake or quick oats - NOT the 1 minute instant kind or the bars get mushy)
1 350 mL can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 cup of flaked coconut
1 cup of chopped or flaked almonds
1 cup of pure dark chocolate mini chips
1/2 to 3/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of liquid honey
Grease a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything together in a mixing bowl. Press flat into the pan, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes - the longer you leave it, the crunchier it will be. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into squares or bars. Yummy!
Cranberry-Prune Whip: My Great-Grandmother's Recipe
This recipe for Cranberry Prune Whip should really be called an old family mystery. It is from my great-grandmother's handwritten recipe notebook, which has been passed down to me from my grandmother (sorry mom, it missed you!) As my mother and her family are from Goa in India, we aren't sure where Great-Gran got this recipe, or how it became part of our family tradition. Cranberries didn't grow in India in the early 1900s, so were imported from North America at a great expense. Whatever the origins, we all agree that Cranberry Prune Whip is a nice alternative to traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or Christmas, especially in hot weather climates.
Cranberry Prune Whip
1 cup puree from cooked unsweetened cranberries
1 cup puree from cooked unsweetened prunes
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 of a teaspoon of salt
Heat cranberry and prune puree with sugar to the boiling point. Cool. Beat eggs until very thick and light. Add salt to eggs and combine with puree. Mix thoroughly. Pour into 6 custard dishes and freeze until set.
- Cranberries are one of only three fruit which are native to North America, the other two being the blueberry and the concord grape.
- Cranberries can bounce! This is due to air pockets within the berries.
- These same air pockets allow the cranberries to float. The bouncing and floating properties of the berries are maximized in modern day harvesting of commercially grown berries.
- The highest demand for cranberries in the past few years has been for the dried versions, which are considered FFP - fruit flavoured pieces.
- Cranberry juice is commonly used as an all natural alternative to preventing urinary tract infections.
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