Extra Cranberries? Try this yummy relish….

Do you have extra cranberries to use up after Thanksgiving? Try this Lemon Cranberry Relish. It couldn’t be easier. It works for Thanksgiving, but I’ll tell you a secret. I made extra this year so that I have some for Christmas too. That beautiful red color will be lovely on my Christmas table.

This recipe can easily be halved or doubled. Here’s what you need:

1 package whole fresh cranberries

1/4 cup chopped lemon peel or 1-2 tbsp lemon zest

Honey

Simply chop the cranberries in your food processor (or leave them whole if you want), cut up your lemon peel into little pieces or chunks (you could use lemon zest too if you don’t want the chunks of peel in there), put in a jar, and cover with honey to 1” above the fruit level. That’s it!

Swirl the cranberries around 2-3 times per day or whenever you pass by the jar to keep them well coated as submerged. After a couple of days you’ll notice that the honey becomes more liquid as the fruit release their juices into it. You can begin eating it at any point, but the flavor is best after a week or more of fermentation time.

Amazingly this is a fermented relish. The anti-microbial properties of the honey are acting as a preservative for the fruit long enough for the liquid to be released into the honey which then allows the honey to ferment. After fully fermented, which takes about 2 weeks (more like 4 weeks if you use whole cranberries) the this will last indefinitely in the fridge. If kept at room temperature it will continue to ferment and eventually turn to alcohol if left out long enough. I keep mine out on the counter, but it never lasts long enough to bother putting it in the fridge. We eat it up.

And feel free to play with flavors. I’ve also tried adding orange and cinnamon, but the lemon is my favorite. 

This recipe makes a great jam substitute if you are trying to avoid sugar. I also use it in baking to make flavored biscotti or scones, or even as a flavoring or sweetener in my morning tea.

Gemma’s Pumpkin Donuts

Don’t these look delicious!?!

Visit Bigger Bolder Baking for the recipe.

Another good recipe to try out for Fall. Stop by my Conversations page to see other websites, blogs and recipes that I find interesting.

Spiced Chai Tea

Christmas Chai Tea

A perfect tea for a chilly fall morning. Mix up a batch, and serve instead of coffee with your Thanksgiving Day desserts. Get the recipe here!

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Porridge – allergy friendly and the perfect Fall breakfast!

This hot pumpkin quinoa cereal is the perfect fall breakfast! And even better, it’s allergy friendly, and you can make it ahead in the Instant Pot! Perfect for Thanksgiving morning when you need to have an easy make ahead breakfast. Get the recipe here!

It’s Pumpkin Bread Season!

It’s Fall! Time for all things pumpkin. Pumpkin Bread is one of our all time favorites. We’ve been making these loaves for as long as this blog has been around – 10 years and counting.

You can try my regular version on the Family Favorites page.

For the gluten-free version, visit my Allergy Friendly Recipes.

It’s the best!

Allergy Friendly Pumpkin Muffins – dairy, soy, sugar, egg free

Pumpkin Banana Muffins:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat, spelt, flour of choice

1 tsp salt 

2 tbls baking powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Stir together. Then add…

3 eggs (or 5 yolks)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mild flavored oil

3 very ripe bananas mashed

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (or my favorite – roasted butternut squash purée)

2 cups liquid (mix of milk, water, or milk substitute)

Mix until dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Allergy Notes:

If you can have sugar consider adding some mini-chocolate chips to these. Mmm.

And if you need to avoid eggs altogether, consider adding 1 cup sourdough starter to your batter to improve the texture.

Spoon into muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 20-24 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen muffins.

Cool completely and then store in the refrigerator. Best stored in the freezer if not eaten within 3 days.