Sugared Cranberries

Sugared Cranberries
-courtesy Whole Foods Market/

Sweet and tangy sugared cranberries make a surprising addition to candy bowls, your favourite apple pie recipe, cheesecake or baked brie.

3 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
3 cups water
3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup superfine sugar

MIX sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves with water in a saucepan.

BRING to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves.

REMOVE from heat and pour into a bowl. Stir in cranberries.

COVER and refrigerate for about eight hours.

DRAIN cranberries. Reserve liquid, strain out cinnamon sticks and cloves and use as a simple syrup to add a holiday touch to cocktails.

PLACE superfine sugar in a bowl and gently toss in cranberries, coating evenly.

cranberries on a baking sheet to dry, about 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days or package for gift giving.