What's the Best Way To Bake With Fresh Cranberries?

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Q: I see a lot of recipes for muffins and other baked goods which call for sweetened dried cranberries. I would like to substitute fresh cranberries whenever possible.

Any suggestions for the best way to pull this off? Thanks!

Sent by AmyEditor: Amy, we see no reason why you couldn't substitute fresh cranberries for dried!

You'll probably want to use about 1 cup of fresh cranberries for every 1/2 cup of dried cranberries called for in the recipe. You can also look for recipes calling for fresh blueberries and use cranberries instead. Since they're similar in size, fresh blueberries and cranberries can be substituted one-for-one.

If your cranberries are on the larger size, we'd cut them in half or quarters before baking. Toss them with a little flour so they won't sink in the batter, too!

What are other suggestions do you have for baking with fresh cranberries?

Related: Recipe: Fresh Cranberry Scones

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