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I finally got around to tasting a bottle of cranberry mead (truly yummy, by the way) that I was gifted with a while ago and decided I'd love to poach some pears in the mead and serve it with ice cream.

However, I didn't want to use up all my mead (3 cups) on the pears, especially since it would barely cover them, so I made a similar tasting syrup with 4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of dried cranberries. After the pears were poached, I decided to cook down the poaching liquid and now I have THIS.

Cranberry-honey syrup and cranberry 'jam'

What can I do with 2 cups of cranberry-honey syrup and about 1 cup of cranberry 'jam'?

I thought of basting some pound cake with the syrup, or adding some to a glass of white wine (still or sparkling) for a cocktail but I don't eat THAT much sweet stuff so I'm stumped.

I don't have anyone to give the stuff away to. That was my first thought. :)


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Jan. 1st, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
Cheesecake is always my go-to solution for any sort of fruit product.

Other than that, I think it would go marvellously as a baste for a rack of lamb.
Jan. 1st, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. They're both great ideas unfortunately the timing is off. I've already made my yearly cheesecake (pumpkin in November) and I made a rack of lamb for Xmas dinner.

Tomorrow is going to be duck with a cherry gastrique. You can see why I'm frustrated. :) ... cheesecake ... lamb
Jan. 1st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)

I'm a fan of Ginger and of Marmalade, and _______.

I wonder how this would taste, on ice cream... I attempted to make a plum jam once, that never set. So, we called it a syrup and tried it on Vanilla Ice Cream. It was very good.

Cranberry Orange Jam with Crystallized Ginger

I can even see this with Rhubarb added.

Jan. 1st, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. I could add a bit of orange zest and Grand Marnier to the cranberry jam that I already have above and mix it with some cake cubes for a trifle.
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Add 750 ml. of vodka or brandy to your 2 c. cranberry honey syrup to make a cranberry cordial. Bottle and age 6 months to mature into a smooth liqueur that can be used in for all kinds of things.


Edited at 2013-01-07 02:29 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great idea. thank you.

I just have to buy a bottle of vodka and find an appropriate container/s for it. I have some home made moonshine that my dad made a while back. I may try that with a cup of the syrup. Not something I've ever thought of.
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