Two Top Fresh Cranberry Recipes -What To Make with Fresh Cranberries?

fresh cranberry recipes for Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake and easy cranberry muffins

Load Up On Fresh Cranberry Recipes! What To Make With Fresh Cranberries!

Tis the season for cranberries and you are going to want to stock up for these fresh cranberry recipes! When you think of cranberries you usually think of cranberry sauce that accompanies the turkey, but there is so much more to these little jewels! Rich in antioxidants, cranberry season is now, and they are readily available in supermarkets so stock up as they can be kept frozen for up to a year. What to make with fresh cranberries?  I have two recipes from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook that will absolutely “wow” you!!  My simple Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake whips up in minutes with pantry ingredients and nothing beats easy cranberry muffins recipe. I also have a Cranberry Bread also that’s an easy, moist bread that starts with Bisquick!

My Easy Cranberry Muffins Recipe Perfect For What To Make With Fresh Cranberries

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We had an event at Our Lady Of Lake hospital and the hospital used my cranberry orange muffin recipe and made about 200 muffins.  They even used dried cranberries for the muffins and everyone asked for the recipe.  Now, as soon as fresh cranberry season is here, this is one of my go to fresh cranberry recipes.  Muffins make great snacks and adding sweet potatoes to them just makes them moist and festive this time of year.

Sweet Potato, Orange, and Cranberry Muffins from Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

These are such flavorful easy cranberry muffins.

Makes 12–18 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed, or 1 cup fresh sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven 400ºF.
2. In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
3. In another bowl, combine sweet potatoes, brown sugar, oil, orange juice, egg, and orange rind. Add orange juice mixture and yogurt to dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in cranberries.
4. Spoon batter into paper-lined or coated muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full. Bake 20–25 minutes or until done.

Nutritional information per serving:  Calories 153, Calories from fat (%) 20, Fat (g) 4, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 12, Sodium (mg) 91, Carbohydrate (g) 28, Dietary Fiber (g) 2, Sugars (g) 12, Protein (g) 3, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: Orange rind may be found dried in the spice section or may be freshly grated from the orange.

Gulf Coast Cookbook Solves All Your Problems of What To Make With Fresh Cranberries Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites: Over 250 easy recipes from my Louisiana Kitchen Trim & Terrific Gulf Coast Favorites

I admit I have a sweet tooth and my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook includes so many good desserts besides the healthy Cajun recipes. Both of these fresh cranberry recipes are from my Louisiana cookbook. Yes, you can use dried cranberries in any of the recipes but I just love the burst of fresh tart flavor fresh cranberries add to baked items.

Both the Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake and my easy cranberry muffins recipes are from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook, full of Southern Louisiana favorite recipes and make the perfect holiday gift for just about anyone, from neighbors to grandmas! Either the muffins or the cookbook!

Use Cranberries Instead of Blueberries in Fresh Cranberry Recipes

What to make with fresh cranberries?  Have you ever thought of substituting fresh cranberries for fresh blueberries in recipes? Cranberries add a nice tart zing to salads, quick breads and desserts and mix perfectly with tangy seasonal citrus flavors like in this Sweet Potato, Orange and Cranberry Muffin. A recipe doesn’t have to call for fresh cranberries as most blueberry recipes you can use fresh cranberries.. Actually, this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake from Gulf Coast Favorites. I used fresh cranberries as I love the combination of cranberry and citrus flavor.  When fresh cranberries are in season, take advantage of them by also using them in blueberry recipes. You’ll love it! Here’s more recipes with cranberries for you to check out on my healthy food blog. fresh cranberry recipes

Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake Makes Easy Homemade Gift For Friends, Neighbors or Teachers

This has been a favorite blueberry pound cake recipe from this cookbook so I decided to make it with fresh cranberries this year and talk about a winning combination.  The Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake couldn’t be easier as it starts with a lemon cake mix and then I added fresh cranberries and pecans.  The lemon glaze just makes it hard to beat for a quick Christmas dessert.  Take to a friend or serve at your home.  I always think holiday Bundt cakes make great homemade holiday gifts. Easy to make and easy to transport. For a really cute gift idea, make the cake and give also as a gift the silicon Bundt pan plus the recipe (or cookbook even better!).

Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake from Gulf Coast Favorites 

Makes 16-20 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) box lemon cake mix
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups fresh or dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat Bundt pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, cream cheese, eggs, water, vanilla until creamy. Fold in blueberries and pecans.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not overcook.
4. Cool in pan 10 minutes, invert onto serving dish.
5. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix together lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle over warm cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 191, Calories from fat (%) 32, Fat (g) 7, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 29, Sodium (mg) 225, Carbohydrate (g) 30, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Sugars (g) 20, Protein (g) 3, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: Frozen cranberries may be used if fresh are not available. Do not defrost the berries before adding to the cake.

 Try My TOP Try Silicon Kitchen Bakeware In Your Kitchen
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You already know I have the best trim and terrific recipes to simplify cooking but check out these cool silicon kitchen cooking gadgets and bakeware. I have fallen in love with silicone kitchen tools from pot holders to bakeware.  These colorful silicon muffin liners are fun and functional for your easy cranberry muffins. I also like the silicon Bundt pan for the Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake recip.

Silicone has a high heat resistant temperature, is BPA free, non-toxic and easy to clean. It also comes in fun, bright colors. Great stocking stuffers or useful kitchen gadgets to simplify cooking.


Favorite Silicon Bakeware For Easy Cranberry Muffins & Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake

I think you now have some good fresh cranberry recipes on what to make with fresh cranberries and here’s the kitchen bakeware to use. For the Lemon Cranberry Bundt Pan just make sure you have a good Bundt pan, silicon or not, so the cake won’t stick. Silicone Bundt Pan Professional Non-Stick Silicone Cupcake Liners 12 Pack, 6 Colors Premium Silicone Pot Holder,Trivets,


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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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