Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt - I Like Big Bundts 2013 - Day 7 with Snapware Giveaway!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
I Like Big Bundts 2013 - Day 7 

It's Day 7 of I Like Big Bundts 2013 and I cannot lie, I'm happy to be almost half-way there! National Bundt Day is November 15th and I hope you'll bake a Bundt to celebrate the best food holiday ever.

Today, we have a special Bundt and a very special giveaway too! Fun times people. Fun times.

In 2010, cookbook author Christie Matheson emailed me about Bundt cakes, and I ended up in her book Cake Simple. (It was sooo cool - see the page here!) For Day 7 of my little Bundt celebration, I made a delicious bundt from the book that uses a favorite holiday leftover: cranberry sauce!

What's the best part of Thanksgiving? Of course, the leftovers! Snapware has a line of leak-proof food storage containers that are pretty awesome. The bowls are Pyrex with BPA-free leak-proof lids that are color coded and have a Write n' Erase space.

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
I'm really into noting the prep date of my food and sometimes throw a piece of blue painters tape on it. However, these lids make it so much easier and the writing washes off when you do the dishes!

Snapware gave me their Total Solution 8-piece Glass Food Storage set (two 4-cup medium squares, one 1-cup small round, one 4-cup medium round) for me to try out. They are easy to use, leak-proof (I held one upside down with cranberry sauce in it). I love that they are Pyrex because that makes microwaving easy as pie. And, let's get to your benefit, the cool thing is that they are giving one set to a reader!

** UPDATED: GIVEAWAY IS OVER. Congrats to Sara D who won! **

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
This cake is easy to make. It involves two layers of whole cranberry sauce and batter. I used a 10-cup Bavaria Bundt Pan (isn't it pretty?!)

Be sure to make a double batch of cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving - you have to have some on your turkey sandwiches, yogurt, and this cake! I'm including the recipe from the book that uses both brown and white sugar.

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
The cake is topped with a cranberry, almond extract, powdered sugar glaze. The cranberry juice provides a lovely pink color.

Cranberry Crème Fraîche BundtThis is my first time baking with crème fraîche. Oh my goodness, where have you been all my life? This is just great stuff. It's so smooth.

The book has instructions to make your own crème fraîche, but I didn't have time to make it myself so I picked up this carton for $4.99 (next time, I should definitely make it myself as it will be less expensive).

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
Make some extra cranberry sauce and go to town with this Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt!
Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
Recipe adapted from Cake Simple: Recipes for Bundt-Style Cakes from Classic Dark Chocolate to Luscious Lemon Basil

Find the book in your library or on Amazon!

1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (300 grams) sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (240 ml) crème fraîche (the book has a recipe for homemade crème fraîche, but I didn't have time to make it and purchased it)
2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup (45 grams) chopped toasted almonds (I omitted the almonds)

Directions for cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 10-cup Bundt pan (This is a smaller cake so the 10-cup Bundt pan is fine to use. I used the Bavaria Bundt) with Pam with Flour, Baker's Joy or by greasing and flouring the pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined. Set aside.
3. In a standing mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
4. On low speed, alternately add the flour mixture (3 increments) with the creme fraiche (2 increments) , beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
5. Pour half the batter into the pan. Swirl half the cranberry sauce on top. Add the rest of the batter on top, then the rest of the cranberry sauce (I used about 1 1/2 cups of cranberry sauce instead of 2 cups). Sprinkle the almonds on top (I omitted the almonds in my Bundt).
6. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and the cake springs back when touched.
7. Let the cake cool in the pan on a cake rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto rack to cool completely.
8. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake. Enjoy!

Cranberry Glaze:
1 cup (93 grams) powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 Tablespoon cranberry juice

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. To get the cranberry juice, remove 1 Tablespoon of juice while making the whole berry cranberry sauce - about 10 minutes into the simmering of the sauce. If you use canned sauce, remove some from the can. If glaze is too thick, thin with water or milk.

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Bundt
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce:
12 ounces  fresh cranberries
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup (147 grams) brown sugar
1/3 cup (70 grams) white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the all the sauce ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Let cool completely before using it in the cake.

Disclosure: World Kitchen LLC gave me a Snapware Total Solution Storage Set and a gift card to reimburse the cost of ingredients. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own. World Kitchen LLC is providing this prize for one reader who will be selected at random and contacted by email. Giveaway ends November 13, 2013 at 12am PST. Giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.
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Open Roads Mama said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, this looks wonderful!!!!!

Nora@SunnyDaysWithMyLoves said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is definitely a toss-up between cranberry sauce and stuffing...the best of both worlds is a forkful of both of them :-)

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

A cranberry tart that my mom makes. Yum!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

All year long I dream about sweet potatoes with Jack Daniels, from Epicurious. So delicious.

Meredith said... [Reply to comment]

Stuffing, hands down!

NikiTheo said... [Reply to comment]

Sweet potato casserole!!

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

That looks like an amazing cake. Can't wait to make it.

Cameron said... [Reply to comment]

I heart Snapware! And that cake...swoon. Can't wait to bake one myself. Thanks for the giveaway! My fave holiday dish: sweet potato casserole that I get to eat during dinner but has so much sugar in it, it should qualify for dessert.

Erica said... [Reply to comment]

I can't pick one dish! I like the turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.

webmailaddress2 said... [Reply to comment]

It's all tasty!

Tracy said... [Reply to comment]

My fave holiday dish is the sticky rice "stuffing" my aunt makes. A few years back, she was awesome enough to show me how to make it.

pafuso said... [Reply to comment]

ooh, bundts are good, but my favorite holiday food is cranberry jello from my auntie's recipe, with walnut and celery to give it crunch. Followed closely by sushi that I make with my mom and other aunties for Christmas. Gotta have the brown bags, plus, my cousin is very creative when he makes his sushi, so you never know what is going to be inside!

Leslie said... [Reply to comment]

Dressing and gravy because it is the only time I make it all year.

Welcome to our crazy blessed life said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh! I love my moms cornmeal crescent rolls...and pie! :)

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

That looks delicious! Aside from the usual assortment of desserts, my favorite dish is creamed spinach.

isabel said... [Reply to comment]

I just cannot choose a favorite holiday dish. I love so many of them!

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not sure it's technically a "holiday food" but I love Magic Cookie Bars. As a kid we only ever had them on Thanksgiving and Christmas and, to this day, they taste to me like the holidays!

Catie said... [Reply to comment]

My grandma's dressing is the best! I only get it twice a year, at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't wait for it!

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

I love cranberry sauce from scratch. I would never have enough leftovers for this cake, but that's why you make a double batch, right? My SIL swears by Snapware so I'd love to win this.

Savannagal said... [Reply to comment]

My grandmother's stuffing is my favorite dish. We only get it on the holidays and that makes it even more special.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a toss-up. Either my grandmother's cranberry relish with almonds and oranges OR my Dad's sweet potato cups...mashed sweet potatoes with orange juice, brown sugar & butter baked inside juiced orange halves with a pecan (or marshmallow) on top.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish if my mom's corn casserole at Thanksgiving.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

Angel food cake with strawberries frozen from the summer....

Sunset said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mary, I want that Snapware. And I like mashed potatoes - is that considered a holiday dish?! I like cranberry sauce too. I am so so on the turkey. But I like my mom's stuffing of fried rice cooked in the turkey. I highly recommend stuffing fried rice in your holiday bird. Just get the fried rice the day of at a Chinese restaurant, guaranteed to be open on a holiday and stuff!

tammy said... [Reply to comment]


Amy said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite dish is stuffing!

BMG13 said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is my mother's sweet potato casserole

Kelster said... [Reply to comment]


Kat said... [Reply to comment]

Really anything with pumpkin is my favorite :)

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so happy to see you doing bundts! My favorite holiday dish is probably a sweet potato casserole, sweet potato anything.

fran said... [Reply to comment]

fran- I love cranberry chocolate cheesecake. I only make it at this time of year. Yum

Dina said... [Reply to comment]

it looks yummy!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Favorite Holiday Dish-stuffing

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is sweet potato casserole! - Liz N.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is Bûche de Noël.

Robin said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is popovers - I'm not sure they're supposed to be holiday, but my mom always made them at Christmas. 8-]

Margaret said... [Reply to comment]

Stuffing, for sure!

Love your big bundts! ;)

Kat said... [Reply to comment]

Cranberry sauce AND creme fraiche??!? In a Bundt?? I am all over this! And yes to making your own creme fraiche...easy peasy and so good.

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE cranberry fluff!

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Mashed potatoes and gravy!

Keri said... [Reply to comment]

Stuffing. It's my absolute favorite.

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

sigh I love my mom's cornbread stuffing

sharonjo said... [Reply to comment]

My mom's raspberry trifle is my all-time favorite holiday dish. Thank you!
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

Auntie Nettie said... [Reply to comment]

My favorite holiday dish is now a three way tie: my gingerbread molasses bundt, my grandmother's fruitcake (REALLY), and a chocolate muddy fudge pie. Want recipes? auntienettiesattic at hotmail dot com

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