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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Quick white chocolate cranberry fudge with hints of orange is a delicious addition to holiday party trays, or package it up for a festive homemade gift!

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

Hi! I’m Coleen, and I blog over at The Redhead Baker. I share family friendly recipes for home cooks of all skill levels. I like to make baking easy, sharing the “why” behind the recipe. I’ve been blogging for six years, and my fiance and I live with our four-year-old son and two rescue dogs.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, and in addition to nearly a dozen kinds of Christmas cookies, I love making different flavors of fudge. My quick fudge starts with two ingredients: condensed milk and chocolate, then can be varied with different additions. In this version, I use orange zest and dried cranberries.

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

White chocolate burns at a much lower temperature than milk or dark chocolate, so keep your oven burner on the lowest flame, and stir constantly to avoid scorching. Also, chopping your chocolate finely will help it melt evenly and avoid scorching.

Once thoroughly chilled, cut the fudge with a chef’s knife. If serving on a dessert tray, place the pieces on flatted cupcake liners. If giving away as a gift, place a few pieces of fudge in a cellophane treat bag and tie with a festive ribbon!

This is a very soft fudge, so keep it chilled as much as possible to keep its shape. If you want firmer fudge, reduce the amount of sweetened condensed milk to half a can (about 3/4 of a cup).

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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Yield: 64 squares

Ingredients

  • 12 oz good-quality white chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest

Instructions

  1. Line an 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan with wax paper, leaving about 3 inches of wax paper hanging over the edges of two sides.
  2. Place the condensed milk and chopped white chocolate in a saucepan set over low heat. Stir constantly until the white chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the orange zest and cranberries.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until the mixture is firm. Cut into 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch squares.

 

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones

Freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest paired with homemade cranberry sauce make these Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones the perfect breakfast treat!

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

During the holiday season, I always make a batch of my fresh cranberry sauce.  It is so delicious that I not only put it on the turkey at Thanksgiving, but I use it on everything!  Leftover turkey sandwiches, toast, scones, bread… you name it.   I’ll find a way to use the cranberries!

Now that holiday’s are over and you might have some leftover cranberry sauce in your fridge or freezer, I wanted to share with you a simple, yet delicious recipe you could whip up for your family this weekend.

What better than a batch of fresh, hot Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones!

Now, if you don’t have homemade cranberry sauce in your fridge, don’t worry.  You can substitute the fresh cranberry sauce for canned cranberry sauce or dried cranberries.  If you use dried cranberries, you may need to add more cream to bring the dough together though.  Either way, you’ ll still get the same great flavor that the cranberries offer!

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

Since I didn’t use any of the orange juice in the scones themselves, I wanted to incorporate it into a glaze for the top of the scones.  But, I didn’t want anything too thick to make the scones too sweet and take away the flavor of the cranberries.  So, I thinned out the glaze using orange juice and vanilla extract with the powdered sugar.  Made the perfect consistency for a light sheen of glaze over the top of the scones.

If you don’t have orange or cranberry and you really REALLY want to make scones, this recipe can be easily converted to work with any fruit you have on hand.  Throw a handful of blueberries or strawberries in or maybe some raisins.  The possibilities are endless.  Just make sure the dough isn’t too sticky when you cut them!

Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Ingredients

Scones

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 Tbsp COLD unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup homemade cranberry sauce (canned is okay, homemade is best)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • flour, for dusting

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted after measured
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice

Instructions

Scones

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange zest of the orange and the sugar until combined.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and whisk until the zest has been completely incorporated into the flour.
  4. Using a pastry blender, cut the cubed butter into the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
  5. Gently fold in the cranberries with a rubber spatula. You'll want the batter to pick up some of the color of the berries.
  6. Add the heavy cream and fold with the same rubber spatula until no more dry ingredients remain. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure all the flour is incorporated.
  7. Place the dough onto your floured counter. Gently knead the dough 2-3 times to bring the dough together. DO NOT OVER WORK the dough!!!
  8. Pat the dough out into a circle that is 1/2" thick and 8-9" wide.
  9. Cut into 8 triangles and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are firm and the scones are golden brown.
  11. Remove to a wire rack to almost completely cool before glazing.

Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice until smooth. No lumps of sugar should be visible.
  2. Spoon the glaze on to the top of each scone. Gently use the back of the spoon to spread it over the top. Let the excess glaze drip off the sides.
  3. Allow the glaze to set before serving - about 15 minutes.

Serving & Storage

  1. Eat scones immediately with coffee or tea.
  2. Store scones in a ziploc bag or a tupperware-type container. DO NOT seal the bag/container conpletely. Leave it slightly open or the scones will get moist and the glaze will melt into the scones. You want them to have a bit of the air to keep the glaze dry.
  3. The scones can be kept for up to 3 days.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Biscotti

There are two things you don’t know about me.  1) I’ve never had biscotti.  2) I’ve never made biscotti.

I know.  I’m weird.  I mean, for a girl who drinks so much coffee you’d think that I’d have biscotti all the time.  Nope.  I guess it’s probably because the only biscotti I’ve ever really seen is full of nuts.  And well, I’m allergic to nuts.

This season though, I’ve been seeing all kinds of recipes pops up for biscotti that didn’t include nuts.  Cinnamon sugar, gingerbread (in the picture above), chocolate peppermint and this one… White chocolate dipped cranberry biscotti.

The recipe I’m using is inspired by a recipe I found on What Gaby’s Cooking.  She uses dried cranberries, but since I only had fresh berries, I used those.

Dipped in the white chocolate, this biscotti is a perfect treat to go with my coffee!

I also made Gingerbread Biscotti and have two more delicious flavors planned to make in the coming days!

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Biscotti

Ingredients

Cranberries

  • 250g fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Biscotti

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup cranberry mixture
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted for dipping

Instructions

Cranberries

  1. In a medium pot over med-high heat, combine the cranberries, sugar and juice.
  2. Heat until simmering. The berries will begin to pop and split. Stir occasionally.
  3. Reduce to med-low heat and continue to cook until the berries have just begun to reduce. You want the berries to reduce by about a 1/3 with most of the berries still whole.
  4. Remove from heat, strain out as much juice as you can and allow to cool.

Biscotti

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, press the lemon zest into the sugar... releasing the oils of the lemon into the sugar. Press the zest until the sugar becomes fluffy and fragrant.
  4. Add the butter and cream together for about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until just combined.
  6. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until all the flour has been absorbed. Do not over mix.
  7. Fold in the strained cranberries and additional 1/4 cup flour. Mixture will be VERY sticky... the additional 1/4 cup of flour should help with this.
  8. Form the dough into a long rectangle, approximately 10 inches long and about 4 inches wide. I used an offset spatula to help spread and shape the dough. (Really, shape it as wide and as long as you like. I wanted long cookies, so I made mine wider.)
  9. Sprinkle Sugar in the Raw over the top of the dough.
  10. Bake about 35-40 minutes or until top and bottom are golden brown. Remove, transfer to wire rack and allow to cool about 15 minutes. (If the bottom isn't too brown, you could leave it on the cookie sheet to cool. Remove it if it's already brown.)
  11. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into 1/2" slices. Lay each slice on it's side and place back on the cookie sheet.
  12. Bake for 15-20 more minutes or until golden.
  13. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  14. Melt the white chocolate and spread it on the bottom of each cookie using an offset spatula or knife. Set on wax paper to until hard.
  15. Serve with coffee to your friends or give as gifts!

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

I never knew before this year how much I loved cranberries.  In years past, I equated them to that canned jellied cranberry sauce that got served with Thanksgiving dinner.  Yuck.  So, you can see how I thought that all cranberry would be equally as disgusting.

That was until I made cranberry sauce from scratch for Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Oh Em Gee.  SO GOOD.  I just about fell out of my chair when I tasted it.

This passed weekend my husband and I stopped at two more Starbucks in Germany… Mannheim and Heidelberg.  When in Heidelberg, I ordered their white chocolate cranberry muffin and was amazed at how delicious it was.  The pairing of the white chocolate and cranberry went perfectly together and I decided right then that I needed to make them at home!

I started these muffins with a variation on my cranberry sauce.  I didn’t make quite as much as I made when I used it for Thanksgiving and I didn’t cook it as long.  Just enough to begin to break down the berries and extract the juices.  I still wanted chunks of cranberry floating through my muffins… just not whole, bitter berries.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 24 muffins
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup reduced cranberries (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or chunks

Cranberries

  • 250g (about 2 1/4 cups) fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (not pancake syrup - can substitute this with 2 Tbsp more sugar if you don't have it)
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice (or any other juice you have - apple, orange, lemon)

Instructions

Cranberries

  1. In a large pan, combine the berries, sugar, syrup and juice and bring to a light boil over medium high heat.
  2. Just as it begins to boil, reduce to simmering.
  3. Cook about 10 minutes or until the cranberries have broken down with about half still in tact and a nice thick syrup made from the remaining berries. You will hear a popping sound, have no fear! That's just the berries popping open in the heat... like popcorn!
  4. Cook until it becomes thick. Remove to cool while preparing the batter.

Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line muffin pan with liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and mix until just combined.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  6. With the mixer on low, add the flour in three parts. Between each addition of flour, add half the buttermilk.
  7. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix just about 80% of the dry mixture has been combined.
  8. Fold in the cranberry sauce and the white chocolate chips.
  9. Fill muffin liners 2/3 full. Bake about 16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I’ve never been a fan of canned cranberries… I guess maybe because I’m a purist.  If I can make it myself with fresh ingredients, I’ll do it!  Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is no exception.

I know, I know… the canned, jellied stuff is a time honored tradition in many homes, but really… once you’ve made this sauce you’ll never go back to the canned stuff!

This sauce is very simple in the ingredients.  If you don’t have cranberry with lime juice, you could use apple or orange juice.  You could even use the zest of lemon or lime!  Really, the possibilities are endless!

ENJOY!

Recipe inspired by: The Pioneer Woman

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield: Approx. 3 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sweet, tart, fresh cranberry sauce perfect for Thanksgiving and turkey!

Ingredients

  • 500g (about 17.5oz) of fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cup cranberry with lime juice
  • 12oz maple syrup (not pancake syrup, the real stuff!)
  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch

Instructions

  1. Rinse the cranberries and remove any that are bruised or damaged.
  2. In a large pot, combine the berries, cranberry juice, syrup, orange zest & juice, and the salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring gently.
  4. Once it boils, reduce to medium and simmer until it thickens, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the corn starch and gently stir in. NOTE: Do not over stir, you want the cranberries to break down on their own and some remain whole... over stirring will break the berries down into mush.
  5. Allow to cool completely and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

CitrusLove BlogHop: Clementine Cranberry Scones

I used fresh cranberries for the first time in my Mandarin Orange & Cranberry cookies last week.  And let me tell you… I must be a crazy woman for not ever using these before!

This morning, the Cake Duchess posted a recipe for scones that featured these beautiful little berries and I knew I just had to whip up a batch with the rest of my cranberries!

The scones turned out SO GOOD.  Seriously.  Warm, fresh from the oven with a little butter on them.  Almost too good to eat! They are tart, yet sweet… full of beautiful color and flavor with a crispy sugar crust.

I will definitely be making these again!

Clementine Cranberry Scones
makes 6 large scones

Supplies:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 3 Clementine oranges, about 2-3 tsp

1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

1 tsp vanilla extract
8-10 tbsp milk, divided

1 tbsp sugar (use turbinado if you have it)

cookie sheet
parchment paper
cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, orange zest, and salt
  3. Add cubed butter to flour mixture.  Using a fork, press butter into the flour mixture against the side of the bowl.  The goal here is to create a very dry dough where the butter is in small pieces, not chunks… coarse like.
  4. Add the cranberries and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. In a small measuring cup, mix together 5 tbsp of the milk and the vanilla together.   Add milk to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Add 3-5 more tbsp of milk at a time until the mixture forms a dough and no dry ingredients remain.
  7. Move the dough to your cookie sheet and flatten into a round circle about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Cut it into 6 equal triangles with a sharp knife, and space evenly across sheet.
  8. Brush the scones with a tablespoon of milk and sprinkle generously with sugar.
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until tops of scones brown.  Watch carefully you don’t want them to burn!
  10. Remove to a wire rack to cool… or you could smear them with butter and eat warm! YUM!

Recipe adapted from: Cake Duchess 

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