Thanksgiving in the US is around the corner and we are all digging for new recipes and new ideas. If you have something you are looking for I would love to hear about it as I will be mostly posting thanksgiving ideas in the next two weeks. First I am starting with cranberries. I love cranberries and always looking for new things to make with them.
Not only are cranberries sweet, sour and bitter, but they are also very good for us.
Did you know that cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, which is good for our immune system. Many of us know that cranberries may reduce urinary tract infections and the amount of dental plaque-causing oral bacteria, thus being a prophylaxis for gingivitis. It has also been observed that cranberries have a relaxing effect, reducing stress.
Here is an excellent idea for cranberries. These bars are sweet, tart, colorful and delicious. Original recipe from December 2007 Sunset Magazine but with several adjustments.
Cranberry and White Chocolate Streusel Bars
Yields: 24 bars | Prep: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 45 Minutes
1 cup butter, softened and cut into bits
2 cups flour
2/3 cup oats
½ cup sugar
2 egg yolks
Cranberry filling from 8 oz fresh cranberries (recipe below)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat over to 350F. Butter a 7×11 inch pan.
Prepare the cranberry filling first.
In a food processor, mix flour, oats and sugar 10 seconds. Add 1 cup butter; mix until mixture forms a ball. Set aside ½ cup of mixture. Mix in yolks.
Press yolk mixture into pay. Spread with cranberry filling. Sprinkle walnuts and chocolate chips, then press into dough. Form pea-sizes crumbs with reserved dough mixture, sprinkle over top.
Bake at 350F until topping is pale gold, about 45 minutes. Cool on rack and cut into 24 bars.
8 oz (2 ½ cups) fresh cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp water
In a medium sized saucepan, place all the ingredients. Then, over medium-high heat, cook the ingredients until boiling. Continue to boil the filling until it becomes thick and syrup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the shortbread.
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