chocolate, Christmas, Fruit

Brandy Soaked Chocolate Cranberries

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Hasn’t it just flown by? If anyone says it’s too early, tell them they are wrong! The end of November/early December is the most festive time. The Christmas lights get turned on, the markets start opening, it’s getting cold and hats and gloves are now a must. It’s even acceptable to drink wine and cider at any point in the day granted its mulled… right?

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I am planning on creating festive gift hampers with homemade treats in this year. One, because it’s fun and a nice special thing to do but two, because then I don’t have to think about buying any other sort of presents! hehe.

I have been testing out new recipes to decide what I want to add to the gift baskets and I wanted to share this one with you now! Cranberries soaked in brandy, covered in chocolate is honestly the most delicious snack.

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I have only recently got into cranberry sauce, something I never really liked much is now my new obsession. A festive sandwich with cranberry sauce? YES PLEASE! But when you reach for a fresh cranberry and bite into it… not so pleasant.

This recipe was inspired by christmas favourites. Cranberries, chocolate and of course, alcohol. It starts with a simple sugar syrup which you boil the cranberries in for about 2-3 minutes until you hear some of them start to pop. Drain, soak in brandy, cover in chocolate, set and done! So easy, so simple yet they taste professional with deep flavours.

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These cranberries need to soak in the brandy for at leat 1 hour, bu thtey can be left overnight if you want an even more intense flavour. Once they have been garnished in chocolate and left to set, they will last in the fridge for around 2 weeks!

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I am planning to make lots of these, they are fairly cheap to make as a large pack of cranberries is around £2 and other ingredients are basic staples. However, if you make these don’t feel limited to brandy! Have a go at using Vodka! Also, don’t throw away the liquid after saoking the berries! The brandy, vodka or whichever alcohol you used will also be infused with cranberries! You can save this to either drink (which I would recommend) or even use in a different festive recipe!

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I hope you are all starting to feel festive! Make sure to follow my social media as well as this blog as I have some exciting new festive recipes to share with you guys!


Ingredients

  • 500g Cold Water
  • 300g White Caster Sugar
  • 3tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tub (around 300g) Fresh Cranberries
  • 60ml Brandy (A type you enjoy yourself)
  • 200g Chocolate (recommended at least 40% cocoa solids)

Directions

  1. Start with the cranberries. Wash under cold water for around 1 minute and place on a paper towel on a plate to reduce moisture.
  2. Start the sugar syrup. Add sugar and lemon juice to a pan and heat until it is boiling. Reduce to a simmer and add cranberries for around 2-3 minutes until you start to hear some go “pop.”
  3. Drain the cranberries and add to a container with a lid. Add the brandy and stir carefully making sure every berry is coated. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour – overnight.
  4. After the berries have been soaked, drain the liquid (keep to use for something else) and place into a bowl.
  5. Melt the chocolate and using forks, cover berry one at a time in chocolate to either fully coat or partially coating depending on your preference.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and leave to set in the fridge. This will take around 30 minutes.
  7. Once they are ready, they can be placed into small gift bags for presents or in a big bowl for sharing.

  • Any brandy is fine, as long as it is one you like the taste of.
  • You can also use other alcohols such as Vodka if you prefer!
  • Keep the drained brandy liquid! It has now been soaked with cranberries giving it a festive taste. Either drink or use in another festive recipe like cranberry bread and butter pudding!
  • These make a great gift, add to a gift bag to make a special present or serve in a large bowl for sharing!

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