Cranberry Jalapeño Bruschetta

This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas Party foods. Everyone needs a few good, go to items to bring when you’re invited out at the holidays! We’re starting off with a recipe I stole from a friend after she brought it to a party last Christmas. The beautiful red color of the cranberries is perfect for this time of year! With sweet and tangy flavor from the cranberries and heat from jalapeno, they’re bright and vibrant in your mouth! You’ll be snagging these little babies until the plate is empty!

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Extra recipe for a genius use of the drained juice since I hate wasting things with so much flavor! After you’ve let the berries soak in sugar and drain the juice, you are essentially left with cranberry simple syrup with a little pop of jalapeno. I whipped up an amazing martini for my husband by combining 3 parts vodka to one part cranberry syrup (drained juice). Shake over ice and pour into a martini glass. I wish I had a little jalapeno for a garnish with the cranberry…alas, had to use a lime. Oh well. Delish!

Cranberry Jalapeno Martini

Print Recipe for Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta

Cranberry Jalapeno Bruschetta
from What’s Cooking With Ruthie

1 (12oz) bag fresh cranberries, finely chopped
1 C sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely sliced
1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 baguette, sliced ½ inch thick on a diagonal
olive oil
additional cilantro leaf and quartered cranberry for garnish

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Place baguette slices on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake 5-6 minutes until golden brown, let cool.
  4. In mixing bowl combine cranberries, sugar, green onions, and jalapenos; mix until combined.
  5. Let marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Drain juice, add cilantro, mix well.
  7. When ready to serve spread 1 Tbsp cream cheese on each baguette, a dollop of cranberry mixture, garnish with additional cilantro leaf and cranberry if desired. Enjoy!

Glazed Cranberry Orange Muffins

I made these muffins because I was feeling too lazy to make my famous scones, but wanted a similar kind of breakfast item to bring with us camping. I hate being lazy. Especially when preparing for camping. My scones aren’t even really hard, just more difficult than dumping everything in a bowl, then into a muffin pan. Which is all the work these delightful treats require.

Freckled Cosmo

I found a new offering from Ocean Spray in the juice aisle the other day and decided immediately that I needed to make a cocktail out of it. The reason I was so drawn to white cranberry & strawberry juice can only be explained by my strong resemblance to the beverage. White cranberries have a pale pinkish hue. Fairer than their deep red cousins and strawberries are freckled. Pale & freckles? Yup. That’s me. Except white cranberries are sweeter than regular ones. I guess the resemblance had to end somewhere.

I decided to tweak my standard cosmopolitan recipe just a bit to create a freckled version that tastes kind of like a grown up strawberry lemonade – with a tart(ish) cranberry kick. And no lemon. But it has that summery kind of vibe to it. Delicious! If you can’t find the white cran/strawberry juice just use regular cranberry juice and muddle a couple of strawberries in when you shake it up. You won’t get the pretty light pink, but the flavor will be close.

Freckled Cosmo
a Bakerlady original
makes 2 cocktails

4 ounces vodka
2 ounces Cointreau (you can also use triple sec)
The juice of one lime (about 1 1/2 oz)
4 ounces white cranberry/strawberry juice
Fresh strawberries (optional)

Combine all ingredients (including the rinds of the lime after juicing) in a large shaker filled 3/4 the way with ice. Shake vigorously about 30 times. Pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Why is it things called “loaf” are usually disgusting? Pimento loaf? Olive loaf? <shudder> Those hunks of oddly studded meat at the deli give me the heebie-jeebies. Today I made a loaf of deliciousness that is completely un-gross. Actually, it is exquisite. Beautifully flavored with slightly sweet orange and temptingly tart cranberries, this gorgeous bread is just divine.
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More scones

As per most get-togethers, I was asked to bring my scones to this weekend’s bridal shower. However, there was some discussion as to which variety. My two sisters wanted chocolate chip as well as blueberry scones. But my nanny and mom are partial to the cranberry orange version. So – I made all three. Since I’ve already posted shots of the chocolate chip & blueberry in my post of the main recipe for these scones – here’s just a photo of the  cranberry orange. Zest of one orange and 1 c dried cranberries. Glaze of fresh squeezed orange juice, zest and powdered sugar.

Cranberry Orange Scones

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