TWD:  Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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In the three years that I have owned Dorie’s Baking: From My Home to Yours, her Cranberry Shortbread Cake flew completely under my radar.  I probably never would have noticed it, much less baked it, if it hadn’t been this weeks TWD pick.  Why?  Well, first of all, because there was no picture of the cake in the book for me to drool over.  And second, because the recipe didn’t jump out at me as being a showstopper.  I just never gave it more than a casual glance as I flipped through the pages searching for the showier selections with that “wow” factor.  I now stand corrected. Dorie’s Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake might not be the prettiest dessert I ever made, but it definitely is one of the tastiest. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, an unassuming little recipe without a flashy photo.

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This cake consists of two components:  a luscious sweet/tart homemade cranberry-orange jam, and a shortbread “cake”.  It’s kind of like a great, big, giant shortbread sandwich cookie.  Except, the cookie isn’t quite really a cookie.  Nor, is it quite really a cake.  It’s a buttery, crumbly, slightly puffy cross between the two.  And oh, is this cake delicious!  Actually, it’s more than delicious.  It’s delectably delicious!

I did make one small change to the original recipe.  (You know I can never just leave well enough alone!)  Instead of making my jam with a quarter cup of orange juice, I swapped out half of the juice with some orange liqueur.  The alcohol burns off during the cooking process and adds a nice pop of flavor to the jam.

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I could see making this cake using lots of other kinds of fruit fillings as well, such as strawberry, blueberry or apricot.  Or how about a Nutella Shortbread Cake?  Now that would be something to behold!

In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy a big slice of my cranberry shortbread cookie/cake with a nice steaming mug of coffee and hope that no one comes home until I’m done.

Many thanks to Jessica from Singleton in the Kitchen for choosing our TWD recipe for this week.  You can find the recipe on Jessica’s site or in Dorie’s book.  And, please check out the TWD blogroll to see what the rest of the group did with this one.

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Enjoy!

21 responses to TWD:  Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

  1. On November 09, 2010 at 12:59pm, Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

    Wow. What a unique cake. This looks divine.

  2. On November 09, 2010 at 1:27pm, The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

    Oh this sounds delicious! And that orange liqueur? Good call lady. We need to try this!

  3. On November 09, 2010 at 1:43pm, Rosa said...

    Absolutely mouthwatering! That cake must be divine.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. On November 09, 2010 at 2:18pm, Jessica said...

    Swapping out the juice for some orange liqueur – genius! I always put some in my cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, so I don’t know why I didn’t think to do that here. And your “not…the prettiest dessert I ever made” is way prettier than most of my creations! The cutouts on top really dress up the cake.

  5. On November 09, 2010 at 3:33pm, Margaret said...

    Beautiful cake. Adding the leaves makes it just lovely. And you are not the only one who thot of chocolate or Nutella. Great idea on that one. Such a flexible recipel

  6. On November 09, 2010 at 4:51pm, UrMomCooks said...

    I am always searching for new and exciting ways to do dessert around the holidays! Even leftovers are better with a festive dessert! This one looks fantastic! (I could see skipping the orange and adding a shot of bourbon Julia-style too…) YUM!

  7. On November 09, 2010 at 8:11pm, MaryBeth said...

    I love to see new dessert ideas…this would make a wonderful thanksgiving treat and it looks wonderful.

  8. On November 09, 2010 at 8:25pm, Amy said...

    Your cake looks so autumn-like – a perfect holiday dessert.

  9. On November 09, 2010 at 8:46pm, Becky said...

    This looks amazing!! Will be making this soon…maybe for Thanksgiving! One can never have too many desserts on Thanksgiving:-)

  10. On November 09, 2010 at 8:50pm, bellini said...

    It looks like a winner Susan. I am not sure I would have made it either in browsing the cookbook, which shows us the importance as food bloggers of our cameras.

  11. On November 09, 2010 at 10:05pm, Stephanie said...

    I often pass up the recipes with no photos even when I have enjoyed all the other recipes in the same book. Maybe i’ll have to think twice before doing that again.

    That dessert looks divine! The photograph of the slice had me drooling on my keyboard

  12. On November 09, 2010 at 10:15pm, ingrid said...

    I’m not passing this one by! :)
    ~ingrid

  13. On November 10, 2010 at 12:53am, J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

    Is it bad that I want to eat the little leaves on top? LOL They look so cute and yummy.

  14. On November 10, 2010 at 2:51am, Anne Galivan said...

    Just reading the title to this made me immediately ravenously hungry. Thanks a lot! But seriously, sounds smashing!

  15. On November 10, 2010 at 7:41am, joanne at frutto della passione said...

    What a fabulous alternative for those of us that aren’t pumpkin pie fans!

  16. On November 10, 2010 at 8:20am, Lael Hazan @educatedpalate said...

    I want leftovers! Especially if you make the Nutella one!

  17. On November 10, 2010 at 4:16pm, Jodie said...

    Looks fabulous! I loved this, too!

  18. On November 11, 2010 at 8:03am, SMITH BITES said...

    oh my stars and garters this is lovely!!! i cannot believe this recipe is in that book because as much as i’ve drooled over the recipes/photos, i’m w/you – haven’t seen this one but am running, not walking, to find the recipe now! and i LOVE the swap-out – KUDOS SUSAN!!

  19. On November 11, 2010 at 6:42pm, Claudia said...

    Fabulous, what a treat! I was wanting a recipe to use up some misc. jams, and this will be it. A mix of cranberry marmalade and starfruit marmalade. Both were languishing in the back of my fridge.

  20. On November 12, 2010 at 9:13pm, Suzanne said...

    yummy looking cake :)

  21. On January 09, 2014 at 5:13pm, melissa said...

    i would love to make this but the link to the recipe is not working! help!!!

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