Holiday Entertaining: Christmas Dessert Garnishes

Southern Socials. Christmas Dessert Garnishes By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Editor-In-Chief Culinary & Entertaining Brand How To Sugar Fresh Cranberries. Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingHoliday Entertaining

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Christmas Dessert Garnishes

Beautiful holiday sweets deserve simple yet eye-catching garnishes to make memorable gatherings more festive & special. Fresh fruits slices, berries, herbs & chocolate curls are festive ways to dress homemade confections. Line sprigs of rosemary & thyme around the base of cake stands. The greenery not only adds bold color, texture & fragrance but these hearty herbs hold up well at room temperature for several hours. Chocolate curls can be made by swiping a vegetable peeler along quality bittersweet bars. Warm the chocolate by microwaving it with quick 5 second bursts of power until the tool glides easily down the bar. Although cranberries are festive as they are, Sugared Fresh Cranberries can be prepared rather quickly offering a snowy effect to pretty slices. Use them to top an array of holiday desserts such as Classic Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars & Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pound Cake for lovely presentations. Follow my pointers to learn how to make this stunning garnish.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Cheesecake With Sugared Fresh Cranberries By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Baking & Cooking Tutorials Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day Entertaining

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickSugared Fresh Cranberries
makes 1 cup

 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided 
1 cup fresh cranberries

Combine the water & 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil & cook until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat. Cool 5 minutes. Add the cranberries, tossing well to coat. Remove the cranberries from the mixture & blot excessive liquid with paper towels. Toss 5 to 6 cranberries at a time in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Spread them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet & allow to dry, about 1 hour. Store at room temperature. Use within 2 days.

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How To Make Sugared Cranberries

 Cranberries make lovely cocktail garnishes, add beautiful color to an Apple-Bourbon Herb Roasted Turkey presentation & make desserts more appealing just as they are but you can create a frosted affect to them by utilizing a simple technique with just a bit of sugar & water. 

Southern Socials. Holiday Dessert Garnishes. Sugared Fresh Cranberries By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer TV Cooking Personality Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern Socials rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickThe Technique

Gather a saucepan, a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan & a wooden spoon. The mixture used to prepare the garnish is essentially a simple syrup. If it is too hot, the cranberries may split when added to the solution right away so certainly be patient. The cranberries should feel tacky in texture so the granulated sugar adheres. If they have too much liquid on them the sugar will clump & not stick very well. Blot well before proceeding. Once the cranberries are coated, allow them to air dry at room temperature before garnishing cakes, pies & other various holiday confections. Leave them at room temperature & use them within a few days. 

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