These little gems are the perfect garnish for just about any dessert, and they are delicious on their own, too. They are pleasantly sweet, tart, and addictively crunchy. Standard granulated sugar is what you need here, but vanilla sugar is really nice if you have it.
- Serves: 3 persons
- 2 ½cups/500 grams sugar
- 3cups/285 grams fresh cranberries
Step 1Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup/200 grams sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a simmer around the edges. Cool the syrup to room temperature.
Step 2When the syrup is cool, add the cranberries and stir to coat. Work in batches if necessary. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries from the syrup and place them on a cooling rack set over a sheet pan to drain. Let the cranberries dry for 45 minutes. Save the syrup for cocktails or another batch of cranberries.
Step 3Pour the remaining 1 1/2 cups/250 grams sugar into a shallow dish and roll the cranberries, a few at a time, in the sugar until completely coated. Let them dry completely then store in an airtight container room temperature for up to 3 days. After a few days they may start to soften and weep a bit. Cook them down into sauce or quick jam.