04 December 2011

cranberry gingerbread bundt

The holidays are now among us. I walked into work yesterday and holiday music was blasting. Thankfully that was not long lasting, it would have been way too much for an eight hour shift. But one holiday thing I do love is the food. Such as cranberries! This is one of my first recipes using fresh cranberries. I remember buying them one years ago, but I didn't have a clue what to do with them. Not realizing that I could use them in so many sweet or savory ways.

I sugared some cranberries to go alongside the cake. I didn't use a recipe, I just boiled a simple syrup, tossed some cranberries in the pot then drained and rolled in coarse sugar. They didn't come out as crunchy as I would have liked but they were still fun.

This cake is dense, full of thick molasses and has whole, tart cranberries scattered through out it. I baked it in a kugelhopf pan, but a traditional bundt will work just as fine. When I was buying the pan, the guy ringing me up scanned it and then looked at it with the most confused look. He said, 'What in the world is this?' 'A kugelhopf pan, of course!' I replied, as if it was common knowledge to a teenage checker at Target. Looking at me still confused I said, 'Its like a bundt pan.' Still no response. Finally I said 'You make cakes in it.' 'Ooooooh, umm ok' was his only reply.





Recipe found on Sweet Kat's Kitchen blog

23 comments:

Rikki said...

Really love all these pictures and this is definitely a recipe worth trying for Christmas [:

athena said...

So festive! Love it.

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I've probably reached my limit on eating baked goods this season. ALREADY. But heck, what's one more bundt. I haven't made one with cranberries, yet. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful!

Shumaila said...

Beautiful pictures and looks like it tasted great too!

MyFudo™ said...

All the flavors of Christmas in one bundt! Love the combination...If only Christmas will be every month so we have a reason to bake great stuff regularly. Gee! We can always invent occasions, right? Why not? Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

I have written 'bundt tin' at the top of my Christmas list!

Amalia said...

"What in the world is this?". "A kugelhopf pan of course!" Priceless :) But onto this amazing cake, it looks delicious! It has the perfect ingredients, cranberries and gingerbread just scream winter. Great recipe :)

pips said...

I adore you photos!

onionchoco said...

Your photos are so delicious and romantic... love to come here :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

I love the unusual pan, I have to go find one. And the chocolate glaze is just so beautiful on top, at first I thought it was molasses!
Your photos are wonderful.

Sarah said...

Your story about the check out guy made me laugh. And those little cranberries are so lovely! I'm smitten with them.

Sneh | Cook Republic said...

Absolutely stunning!

Valeria said...

I have the chance to own only a bunch of dried cranberries that I bought on my last trip to the States and that I am saving like precious gems. I will try to use those instead of the fresh ones which are impossible to find in Italy. Hope they work as well.

emma. our kitchen said...

What beautiful styling and photographs - beautifully subtle and Christmassy!
Merry Christmas!
Emma

zoe said...

wow, this looks amazing!
i love bundt pans and the like. even if you make a plain cake batter, it'll still look incredible. this sounds lovely with the cranberries!

Ash said...

GORGEOUS!!

Emily - Adeline and Lumiere said...

oooh I'm loving these photos of yours. They have a lovely rich quality that matches that amazing looking sauce!

Anonymous said...

made mini bundts and family and freinds enjoyed! Would like to increase ginger a little next time by adding maybe a Tbsp of finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Anonymous said...

I made these today in mini bundt pans & they turned out fabulous! Instead of the ganache, I drizzled just a bit of melted white chocolate chips over the top. Thank you for a great recipe and your photos are beautiful!

bat1412 said...

I made these today in mini bundt pans & they turned out fabulous! Instead of the ganache, I drizzled just a bit of melted white chocolate chips over the top. Thank you for a great recipe and your photos are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

does anyone know if you insert a toothpick if it should come out clean?

alexandra {brighteyedbaker} said...

Oh my goodness, tons of molasses in there! This looks incredible. And I love the ganache on top; it makes it perfect! What kind of molasses did you use, though? I only have blackstrap, and I just realized how intense it is!