** LUCKY DUNCAN WON THE OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRY HAMPER**
Cranberries are jewel pretty and packed with goodness. These super fruits contain vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. I always knew that they are excellent in dealing with UTI’s (I’ve tried and tested this successfully) but research is now showing that they can also play a role in cardiovascular health. When Ocean Spray, sent me a few samples, my baker’s brain immediately hit the playground. What can be better than sneaking a portion of your 5-a-day requirements into a tea time treat. I adjusted a rooibos cupcake recipe and these cranberry cupcakes are delicious. Next time I may include cranberry sauce in the secret centre, that would pack in even more goodness and the red colour would look pretty.
The Ocean Spray cranberry juice is far less sweet than other brands which I have tasted and I love the fresh taste, particularly good when mixed with soda water.
220 g sugar
240 g flour
10 ml baking powder
2 ml salt
125 ml oil
125 ml cranberry juice
GANACHE (Secret Centre)
100 ml cream
90 g white chocolate
1 cup icing sugar
± 30 ml cranberry juice
chopped cranberries to decorate
Preheat oven to 180° C
Place paper muffin cups in cup cake tray
Whisk sugar and eggs
Sift dry ingredients and lightly fold into the egg mixture, alternating with cranberry juice and oil.
Spoon batter into the lined hollows until ¾ full. Bake for 20 – 25 mins or until done.
Leave to cool
Heat the cream and chocolate in microwave jug for 1 min, stir until melted
Cut out the centre of each cupcake with an apple corer or sharp knife, fill with a tsp of ganache
Stir the icing sugar with cranberry juice until soft but not too runny.
Spread over cupcakes and decorate with chopped cranberries
Another wonderful use for cranberries is to make these delicious and healthy Pecan and Cranberry rusks.
Note : Giveaway entrants must reside in South Africa