Cranberry Cake

by tableofcolors

Last night our literature club came over to our house. We get together once a month on a Friday evening after 8 pm. The reason for the late hour is that most of the children have settled down for the evening and the hustle and bustle of the work week has come to an end and we will have a few hours of peace and quiet, laughter and discussion. We have so much fun that it is often hard to decide when to go home and catch a few hours of sleep. Last night was no exception, thank you to all who made it over. Our book this time was Suvi Kinoksen seitsemän enoa by Jukka Parkkinen. It tells about a little girl that becomes an orphan at the age of six months and her seven uncles who raise her. Most of the uncles are PhD’s and have no experience with little ones and so they get their knowledge from books. The book had me giggling so hard that I had to read a few excerpts to my husband who was wondering what could be so funny.

I decided to serve Cranberry Cake at our get together. The recipe was sent to me by my Gramma and Grampa. As a child we would celebrate a Finnish Christmas on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day we would have an American Christmas at my Grandparents’. This Cranberry Cake was part of our traditional Christmas Day and since we are still in the heart of winter with more snow falling almost daily, I thought that this cake is cozy and matches the mood of late night literary discussions.

Cranberry Cake with Sauce
cranberry cake with sauce
4.7 dl/ 2 c all purpose flour
2.4 dl/1 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

2.4 dl/1 c milk
45 g/3 tbsp (1.5 oz) melted butter

4.7 dl/2 c cranberries (frozen berries are fine)

Blend dry ingredients.
dry ingredients
Add milk and butter and mix. Do not over mix. Add the cranberries.
batter with cranberries
Place batter in a 23 cm/9 inch papered cake pan. A bundt pan works fine as well. Bake at 175 C/350 F for 45 minutes

The sauce is an essential part of the cake and is easy to make.
1.2 dl/ 1/2 c butter
2.4 dl/ 1 c sugar
1.8 dl/ 3/4 c half and half or cream

In a sauce pan melt butter, add sugar and cream.
Bring to boil and allow to simmer on low heat while stirring for ten minutes.
Serve sauce warm over each slice of cake.


Here are the previous links to recipes from Grampa Jim: Fresh fruit tart, Almond Braid, Cranberry Walnut Scones