Tart Cranberry Butter


Tart Cranberry Butter

Tart Cranberry Butter

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One of my favorite toppings for toast is this tart spread.  It’s also great spooned over poultry…and ice cream!  I’ve given jars as gifts and have always gotten positive comments.

Carol Studebaker                                                                             Gladstone, Missouri


Tart Cranberry Butter Recipe


Tart Cranberry Butter

10 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

2/3 cup apple juice

½ to ¾ cup sugar

1 cup maple syrup

½ cup honey

½ tsp. cinnamon


In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cranberries, apple juice, and sugar to a boil.  Cook 10 – 15 minutes or until all berries have popped, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; cool slightly.  Process in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Return cranberry mixture to the saucepan; add remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.        5 cups


(Recipe for Tart Cranberry Butter was in www.tasteofhome.com, 2014)


Apple Chicken and Rice


Apple Chicken and Rice

Apple Chicken and Rice

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The first time that we tried this lightly sweet chicken, I knew that I would be making it for a long time to come.  This recipe is Diabetic Friendly!!

             Nadene MacLeod                                                            Springfield, Massachusetts


Apple Chicken and Rice Recipe

Apple Chicken and Rice

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Tbsp. butter, divided

1 package (6 oz.) chicken flavored rice mix

1 ¼ cups water

½ cup chicken broth

½ cup apple juice

1 medium apple, chopped

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

½ cup chopped onion

¼ cup dried cranberries


In a large skillet, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon butter, until juices run clear; remove and keep warm.  Set seasoning packet from rice mix aside.  In the same skillet; sauté rice mix in remaining butter for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Add the water, broth, apple juice, apple, mushrooms, onions, cranberries and contents of rice seasoning packet; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until is tender, stirring occasionally.  Return chicken to the pan; heat through.        4 servings


(Recipe for Apple Chicken and Rice was on www.tasteofhome.com, 2014)


Apple Pecan Layer Cake Recipe

Apple Pecan Layer Cake

Apple Pecan Layer Cake

Browned butter frosting highlights this Apple Pecan Layer Cake.  Thin apple slices artfully arranged and brushed with Citrus Glaze make an attractive garnish.

Apple Pecan Layer Cake Recipe

Apple Pecan Layer Cake

Cake:   2 ½ cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 ½ cups applesauce

¾ cup oil

2 eggs

½ cup chopped pecans

Frosting:   ½ cup butter (margarine NOT recommended)

4 ½ cups powdered sugar

6 to 8 Tbsp. apple juice

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, salt and cinnamon.  Add applesauce, oil and eggs; blend at low speed until moistened.  Beat 2 minutes at highest speed.  Stir in pecans.

Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake at 350 F. for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.  Cool completely.

In small heavy saucepan over medium heat, brown butter until light golden brown, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat; cool completely.  In large bowl, combine browned butter, powdered sugar and 4 Tbsp. of apple juice; blend at low speed until moistened.  Continue beating until well blended, adding additional apple juice until spreading consistency.  Fill and frost cake.  Garnish as desired.     12 servings

(Recipe for Apple Pecan Layer Cake was in the Pillsbury Classic Cookbook, Show Off Desserts Sensational and Simple To Make, 1987)

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