Cranberry Upside Down Mini Cakes


Perfect for serving after your holiday meal or bringing to a party.  The holiday season has arrived when we start seeing cranberry desserts.  They're so festive.  Serving these individually plated with a scoop of ice cream would be a lovely end to dinner.

Makes 8 mini loaves or one 9" cake

Cranberry Upside Down Mini Cakes

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 pint fresh cranberries

1 1/2 tablespoons butter + 6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar + 1 cup sugar

1 egg

zest of 1 orange

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 

3/4 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini loavf pan.

In a small bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking powder together.  Set aside.  

Toss cranberries with 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar until cranberries are covered.  Divide cranberries into the wells of a mini loaf pan.  Set aside.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream remaining butter and sugar for 2 minutes.  Add egg and mix 2 minutes more.  Add orange zest, ginger, flour mixture and milk.  Mix 1 minute.  Spoon batter over cranberries.  

Bake about 30 minutes or until cakes test clean.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut of any peaks so the loaves tops are flat.  (Feel free to eat any piece you cut off.)   Run a knife around the end of each loaf and carefully invert pan to remove and 'upside down' each cake.  


Cold Killer Juice


I know a lot of smart people and one of those people used to make this juice when they were begining to feel under the weather.  It may seem like too much work for one (really good) cup of juice, especially if you're fatigued from sickness or hungover, and it is.  So hopefully you have a juicer.  (I don't but squeezing orange quarters in my citrus press worked well.) 

Makes 1 serving. 

The Cold Killer

1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced

about 3 oranges (I used 2 small Navels and 1 large Cara Cara) 

as many pinches of cayenne pepper as you can  

Muddle ginger slices in the bottom of a drinking glass.  Squeeze juice out of oranges and into glass, over the muddled ginger.  You'll want about one cup of juice.  Stir, stir, stir.  Strain ginger and add pinches of cayenne pepper to taste.  (I maybe did about 1/4 teaspoon. nice and spicy.)   Stir and drink up.