Orange Cardamom Cranberry Tea Ring | Swirls and Spice

Orange Cardamom Tea Ring with Cranberry Nut Filling

Orange and cardamom add warmth and cheer to the post-holiday months as part of this honey-sweetened tea ring.  The tart red cranberry filling adds further sensory delight. Drizzle with orange glaze for an extra special treat on a chilly day. Normally I don’t show my recipes in progress.  But I thought it might be fun to make an exception and reveal an earlier version that … Continue reading Orange Cardamom Tea Ring with Cranberry Nut Filling

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal Cups | Swirls and Spice

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal {GF}

Upside-down baked oatmeal cups are ideal for a weekend breakfast or as part of a simple holiday brunch.  Soaking the oats gives a light and fluffy texture to these lovely fruit-topped oatmeal cups.  Oats also contain the anti-nutrient phytic acid, some of which gets broken down during the soaking process, yielding a more nutritious breakfast option. This was actually my first attempt at baked oatmeal, … Continue reading Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal {GF}

Cranberry Butter Tarts

Growing up on the plains of Canada in heart of wheat country, my grandmother learned to bake with staples like wheat flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  With those simple ingredients she proved it is possible to create quite an array of baked goods, including butter tarts.  Her recipe was one of the only butter tart versions I have come across that leaves out syrup of … Continue reading Cranberry Butter Tarts

Cranberry Date Tartlets {Gluten Free}

No pumpkins were harmed in the making of these tarts.  Nevertheless, the warm flavours of fall shine through in healthy, date-sweetened treats.  But these cranberry date tartlets are not just for health nuts.  Finicky eaters might notice that the crust is unusual, but oddly enough, my normally skeptical children gave them a big thumbs up! The rich, sweet flavour made my mouth glad to eat … Continue reading Cranberry Date Tartlets {Gluten Free}

Cranberry Lemon Muffins | Swirls and Spice

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Lemon and fresh cranberries pair beautifully to create tender, tart-and-sweet muffins that are just as fitting for breakfast as they are for the dinner table.   These quick-to-disappear muffins are something I want to make for Thanksgiving too, which is coming very soon here in Canada.  Then I plan to make them again for American Thanksgiving in November.  Another batch or two will be gobbled down in between the … Continue reading Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Cranberry Chicken Salad Mini Pitas

Holiday parties and open houses need something substantial–yet not too filling–that can balance out the all cookies and sweets. Stuff miniature pitas with tangy cranberry chicken salad and watch them go at your next event. This chicken (or turkey) salad actually tastes better after you let it chill for a while, since the flavours are accentuated over time. Hence, cranberry chicken salad is a perfect … Continue reading Cranberry Chicken Salad Mini Pitas