#CranberryWeek: Cranberry Cider Punch

It’s the second day of #CranberryWeek hosted by Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking. We’re sharing cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day. Search #CranberryWeek to keep up to date and follow the #CranberryWeek Pinterest board for more cranberry inspiration.

Cranberry Cider Punch for #CranberryWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Do you have a themed beverage at your holiday gatherings?

I’ve done one for The 4th of July and for Auburn game day (both of those a sangria). Surprisingly, I’ve not done one for Thanksgiving or Christmas! How is that possible?!

This punch I’m sharing for #CranberryWeek is non-alcoholic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to it should you desire.

The simple syrup created for this drink uses brown sugar instead of granulated sugar, giving it a beautiful Autumn color. Star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange impart their flavor on the sweetener.

Burst cranberries provide a bit of pizzazz that dress this punch up for holiday season.

Cranberry Cider Punch for #CranberryWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook (2)

Cranberry Cider Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 C water, divided use
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1/2 small clementine peel
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • 3 C apple cider
  • 1 1/2 C cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle (12.7 oz) ginger beer

Steps:

  1. Make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1 C water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, clementine peel, and nutmeg. Bring to a low boil until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
  2. Put cranberries and remaining 1/3 C water in a small skillet. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat.
  3. In a pitcher (or punch bowl), combine the cider, cranberry juice, 2/3 C simple syrup, and ginger beer. Gently stir to combine.
  4. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with burst cranberries.

*This recipe is adapted from Jessica at https://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/11/cranberry-cider-punch/*

Cranberry Cider Punch for #CranberryWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook (3)

Be sure to check out these other great cranberry recipes:

Cranberry Chicken Salad Wrap by Making Miracles

Cranberry Dijon Ham by Cookaholic Wife

Cranberry Cider Punch by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Cranberry Margaritas by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Cranberry Orange Wild Rice by Jonesin’ for Taste

Fresh Cranberry Muffins by Family Around the Table

Pickled Cranberries by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Salad with Cranberry, Pear, Walnuts and Gorgonzola by Palatable Pastime

#CranberryWeek: Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin

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Welcome to #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline’s Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We’ll be sharing cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day. Search #CranberryWeek to keep up to date and follow the #CranberryWeek Pinterest board for more cranberry inspiration.

When I made this glazed pork, I was hoping to find a turkey breast to serve with the cornbread dressing I shared yesterday.

Actually, I had a couple ingredient finding hurdles to overcome.

I’ve been in a grocery store loyalty crisis. Now that Treat is too big for the Baby Bjorn (not impossible, but highly uncomfortable), I prefer to shop with him in the cart. That leaves Firecracker to walk beside me. There isn’t enough magnetic force in the world to keep that kid by myside for more than three minutes! That energetic 2 year old is off running up and down the aisles as soon as I let go of his hand. Or, he’s touching every single item at arms level when he is staying near. My patience with him wanes thin and I have to load him up into the basket. As I try to start each grocery trip with a positive attitude, by the time I “give up” I have a cart full of groceries. And to add to the frustration, Treat has a habit of screaming at an insanely high pitch. He’s not upset or crying, just screaming to scream. It’s a happy and excited sound, but one that deafens ears. Naturally, his older brother follows suit and I’m standing in the grocery store pulling out my hair half laughing half crying and all about yelling at my children.

The solution is to find a grocery store with “car carts” so both of my boys can be buckled into a cart. The bonus of a steering wheel definitely helps. Unfortunately, there aren’t many option for that out here in SoCal.

I do a decent amount of shopping at the commissary on base, particularly for yogurt as it’s about half the price of the local grocery stores. Being tax free means that processed foods end up being a tad cheaper, too. Only problem, is that I don’t quite trust their meat and seafood department, and the fresh produce is hit or miss on quality.

For small trips, I love walking to the local Whole Foods, but I’m limited to the space under the stroller. And while the meat quality is fantastic, it’s a bit pricy.

One Monday morning, I decided to try another store about a mile away. Took the kids on a walk and did some recon. Yogurt was the same marked up cost as the other stores. THe produce department was beautiful, and their bulk foods section to die for. Their meat departement looked fine, but was small; there wasn’t a turkey breast in sight (I assume that changed closer to the holiday?). I settled on a beautiful looking pork loin instead.

Another missing ingredient? Apple cider.

I knew one of the grocery stores I like sells it, but did I really want to get in the car for one item? Nope. Instead, I popped into the local coffee shop and ordered a cup of cider to go. Mission accomplished. I’m sure that 12 oz cup cost the same as a half gallon at a grocery store, but you can’t underestimate the price of my time, energy, and sanity!

Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter, divided use
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped
  • 1 tsp whole juniper berries
  • 1 C fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 C apple cider
  • 2/3 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 C red currant jelly
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • pork loin, trimmed

Steps:

  1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Saute shallot until translucent. Add the juniper berries, and cook one minute. Add cranberries, cider, syrup, jelly, and S+P. Simmer 3-5 minutes, until cranberries burst.
  2. Transfer glaze to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to the saucepan after passing through a sieve.
  3. Bring glaze to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced to about 1 1/4 C, 10-15 minutes. Keep warm.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Melt butter in a large oven safe skillet, sear pork abour 2 minutes on all sides. Brush with glaze and put in oven until an internal temperature of 145 degrees F is reached. Brush with glaze every 10 minutes or so. Cook time will depend on thickness of pork loin.
  6. Be sure to bring any extra glaze back to a boil to prevent contamination before serving alongside pork.

*This glaze recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart at http://www.marthastewart.com/261237/cranberry-glaze*

Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin for #CranberryWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out all the other cranberry recipes being shared today:

Braised Short Ribs with Hoisin-Cranberry Sauce and Asian Coleslaw from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Cranberry & Cornbread Stuffed Pork Chops from Books n’ Cooks

Cranberry Borscht from Palatable Pastime

Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Cranberry Lemon Curd Tart (No Bake, GF) from Caroline’s Cooking

Cranberry London Broil from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Cranberry Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Cranberry Vanilla Bean Donuts from Hostess At Heart

Grilled Brie with Cranberries from Full Belly Sisters

Honey Roasted Cranberry Ricotta Crostini from Take Two Tapas

Orange Cranberry Turnovers by The Bitter Side of Sweet

Panko Crusted Chicken with Maple Cranberry Sauce from Family Around The Table

Sweet Heat Cranberry Spread from Cooking With Carlee

#BundtBakers: Beverages

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostIt’s that time of month for me to share a bundt cake with you alongside #BundtBakers. #BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient. This month Laura of Baking in Pyjamas chose Beverages to be our inspiration in baking.

I wracked my brain for this one. I’ve already shared a mimosa bundt and one with Khalua. I wasn’t even convinced I’d fit “bake a bundt” into my busy last-month-before-baby schedule but when I spontaneously purchased Apple Cider a light bulb went off.

This pound cake tastes like Fall. My husband said it reminded him of banana bread and I found the seasonal spices to hint towards a pumpkin treat. It’s a dense cake that lends itself nicely to being thinly sliced, toasted, and topped with apple butter.

I didn’t make a glaze for my cake because I didn’t want it to be too sweet, but if you think it to be “naked” a simple confectioners sugar & milk mixture would be great – especially if you throw some cinnamon and nutmeg in with it – or confections sugar & apple cider. Maybe even some real maple syrup (especially if you toast a slice!) or caramel.

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 C apple cider
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 C sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring apple cider and maple syrup to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, 30-40 minutes, or until reduced to 1 C. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla, mixing until combined.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and spices. Add half of the dry ingredients to the stand mixer and mix until incorporated. Add the apple cider and mix until combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake 1:15-1:30, or until a cake tester inserted comes out cleanly. Allow cake to cool in the pan before turning out onto a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Mary at http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2010/10/apple-cider-quatre-quarts-cake.html*

Apple Cider Pound Cake for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Apple Cider Bundt Cake from That’s My Home

Apple Cider Bundt Cake w/ Caramelized Apples from The Freshman Cook

Apple Cider Bundt Cake from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Apple Cider Pound Cake from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Apple Juice Spice Bundt with Caramel Apple Glaze from Our Good Life

Apple Spice Latte Bundt from Living the Gourmet

Black Forest Hot Chocolate Bundt from Baking in Pyjamas

Cava Bundt Cake from La mejor manera de hacer…

Chai Bundt Cake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Chocolate Chai Bundt Cake from Basic n Delicious

Chocolate Expresso Bundt Cake from En la cocina de Caro

Dark ‘n Stormy Bundt Cake from Eat, Drink, and Be Mighty

Earl Grey Bundt Cake with Milk and Honey Glaze from Brooklyn Homemaker

Margarita Bundt Cake with Candied Limes from How to Philosophize with Cake

Mexican Hot Chocolate Rose Cake from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Milo and Condensed Milk Bundt Cake from Passion Kneaded

Mojito Bundt Cake from Baking Yummies

Orange Juice Pine Nut Bundt Cake from A Kingdom for a Cake

Pacharán & Apple Bundlettes from I love Bundt Cakes

Pumpkin Coffee Bundt Cake from Los Chatos Chefs

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake from Liv for Cake

Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake from Brunch with Joy

Root Beer Float Bundt from Food Lust People Love

Tiramisu Bundt Cake from Patty’s Cake

Vanilla Chai Honey Latte Bundt from Tartacadabra

White Chocolate and Espresso Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze from Taking On Magazines

White Russian Mini Bundt Cakes from Magnolia Days