Cranberry Breakfast Cake ~ because the holiday season only comes once a year, and I aim to make the most of it. This easy one bowl snack can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries, but don't let the simplicity fool you, this cranberry dessert packs a flavorful punch!
9x9 square baking pan
parchment paper (optional)
1/2cuphalf and half, or a combination of milk and cream (116 grams)
1/2cup unsalted butter at room temperature (1 stick, or 113 grams)
1cupgranulated sugar (214 grams)
1large egg, at room temperature
3/4tsp vanilla extract
2cupsall purpose flour (256 grams)
2cupswhole cranberries, you can use frozen, but don't thaw.
Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly spray a 9x9 inch baking pan. I like to line mine with a 2 sheets of parchment paper with long ends, so I can lift it out later for easy slicing.
Mix the half and half with lemon juice and set aside.
Cream the soft butter and sugar together for about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of your bowl as needed, until light and fluffy. This step helps lighten and aerate the cake.
Beat in the egg and extracts, followed by the baking powder and salt, and keep scraping that bowl.
Lower your mixer speed and blend in 1/2 the flour, just until it's almost all blended, then add the half and half, and finally the rest of the flour. Just blend until the flour is incorporated, and then stop.
Gently fold in the cranberries, making sure to get them evenly distributed but not crushed. If you like you can reserve a handful of cranberries to pop onto the top of the cake before baking.
Spread the batter (it will be quite thick) evenly into your pan. Add your extra cranberries to the surface of the cake, pushing them in gently.
Sprinkle the sparkling sugar over the surface of the cake and then bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter on it. Try not to over bake the cake, and check on the early side, especially if your oven runs hot.
Let cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan, then, if you used parchment, you can remove the cake to cool completely, or slice while still slightly warm.
Store the leftover cake in the pan on the counter covered with foil.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/cranberry-breakfast-cake-recipe/ October 23, 2019