We always have fresh cranberries this time of year, but not for too long. Like Pumpkins during the Autumnal Season, they disappear from the supermarket shelves as soon as Halloween has passed; and this is the same with cranberries. Cranberries vanish once and for all as soon as Christmas and the festive season has come and gone.
I try to make the most of fresh cranberries while in season. Around the festive holidays, I often make Nigella Lawsons Cranberry, Orange and Almond pudding for Christmas. Its become a firm favourite in our home, however this time we actually had a traditional Christmas Pudding. I think it came in a hamper last year or even the year before, but I can't remember for sure. So we tucked into the steamed Christmas Pudding late Christmas evening and this Cranberry and Pecan Torte was made early this afternoon.
The recipe comes from Entertaining Vegetarians by Celia Brooks. I have made this Cranberry Pecan Torte before, a long time ago. In fact it was in 2004 on Christmas day. This made me smile to myself and the fact that I was making it again, over a decade later. I know this, as I had scribbled in pencil how delicious the recipe was with a note to make again...Gosh I am getting old.
This morning was our fourth day not leaving the house (except to go in the garden to empty the kitchen scraps into compost bin and refill the bird feeders - its been a busy garden with the bird life). I spent the day in the kitchen trying to get creative and use up some of the excess fruit and vegetables I picked up last week for the festive holidays. Also, we both go back to work tomorrow, so I cooked a couple of dishes in advance that could easily be reheated when we get in late. This Cranberry and Pecan Torte though, was more out of greed than necessity.
The making of this Cranberry and Pecan Torte was a joint effort. D cracked the pecan shells for me, gosh he made such a mess with the shells flying here, there and everywhere. He's a much better housekeeper than me, as soon as he finished shelling the pecan nuts, out came the hoover and the mess was cleared away. He is also my dishwasher!
This Cranberry and Pecan Torte is very, very sweet and sharp which D loved. Its sticky and chewy too. I loved how the fresh cranberries burst bleeding into the batter.
I made one small change, I only had 300g cranberries, the recipe specifies 500g, but I don't think it matters much as you still get that tangy, zingy and zappy hit.
You can find the recipe here in cup measurements and here by in gram measurements. Follow here to check out Celia Brooks website. Happy Holidays!