The time has come to harvest cranberries in Maine and here are a few recipes that include the tart treat. Be sure to visit Real Maine to connect with our great state’s cranberry farms, as well as a wide variety of Maine’s growers and producers. Remember – you can enjoy local cranberries year-round, fresh or frozen!
3½ pounds apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped (about 7 to 8 medium apples)
1½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
1. In a large (5-quart) saucepan, combine all ingredients with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer.
2. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes
3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly
4. Use a potato masher or fork to achieve desired consistency. Serve warm or cold.
5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours
From Maine SNAP-Ed program (www.mainesnap-ed.org)
Isabel’s Cranberry Cake
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, mixed with 1 tbsp flour
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Grease and flour 8-inch by 8-inch pan.
3. In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together until light yellow. Add cooled butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
4. Mix in flour and baking powder. Stir in cranberries.
5. Pour batter into pan and bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
Note: If cranberries are frozen, let them set a few minutes in a bowl before adding to batter.
From “Maine Community Cookbook – Vol. 2” (copyright 2022) – recipe from Sylvia Trueworthy Pease, Hiram
Real Maine is the state’s official agriculture and agritourism promotions program. From cranberries to fiber producers to Christmas tree farms, plan your Real Maine agricultural experience. Visit www.RealMaine.com to connect to farms, food, and agriculture throughout Maine.