Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TWD- Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

 Do you like cranberries? They, it seems to me, are conflicted. They can be yummy- dried is pretty much the only way I like them. Doused with sugar and canned is the only way most other people I know like them. But this week's TWD was a great new twist to the fickle fruit. Dorie's Cranberry Shortbread Cake is a layer of cranberry jam sandwiched in shortbread. 
The cranberry jam was quick- orange and cranberry cooked with sugar and water:
The recipe says to cook the jam for about 5 minutes- mine took closer to 12.
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this- it says "shortbread" but it also says "cake." Which is it? I'm going to say it was really more like shortbread cookies with a layer of jam between.
My kids loved this- they ate it for dessert Sunday night, and then one of them wanted it for breakfast the next morning. I think next time I would leave out the orange zest- the orange flavor almost overpowered the cranberries. Or, skip the cranberries altogether and make with raspberries! Yum!
The recipe will be here.


  1. I wasn't too sure about this one either, but I liked it in the end. I used raspberries for mine. Yours looks lovely.

  2. Gotta love it when the kids want to eat dessert for breakfast. :) This looks like it turned out perfectly!

  3. I thing the only way it can be considered a cake is because of the baking soda.

    I loved it.

  4. I consider it a hybrid baked good. cake/pie/cookie :) all yummy!

  5. Hooray for happy, cake eating kiddos! I'm so happy this was a hit in your house. Your cake looks fantastic, and thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

  6. I made bar cookies out of them and it was easier for sharing, that's for sure. Looks good!

  7. I wasn't sure what to expect either - shortbread or cake... i think it was somewhere in between :) i'm used to shortbread being crunchy... this did remind me of strawberry shortcakes though!