These irresistible Cranberry Christmas Rockies are a delicious treat that will leave your taste buds wanting more. These perfectly baked stone cakes have a delicious combination of tangy cranberries and festive Christmas spices.
Their delicious scent will fill your home with festive cheer, making them the perfect addition to any festive gathering. These Rockies have a soft and crumbly texture that only gets better with time. They are truly a delicious treat that reaches its peak when enjoyed a day or two after baking.
So prepare a batch of these heavenly stone cakes and let them sit with anticipation and tempt you with their deliciousness. Make your celebration extra special this Christmas with these Cranberry Christmas Rockies!
- 50g unsalted butter
- 100g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground spice mixture
- 50 g light muscovado sugar
- 85g pack of dried cranberries
- 1 small apple, halved, cored and finely diced
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- powdered sugar, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4 and lightly oil a non-stick baking tray.
- Rub butter and flour together with your fingertips until fine breadcrumbs form, or pulse in a food processor.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients until a soft dough forms.
- Place 8 tablespoons or 16 heaping teaspoons of the batter, well spaced, on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until the Rockies turn golden brown.
- Transfer the Rockies to a rack to cool.
- Dust the Rockies with plenty of powdered sugar.
- Pack the Rockies in an airtight container or gift jars.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- baking paper
- Cooling rack
Contains: milk, eggs
Storage and leftovers
Store the Cranberry Christmas Rockies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 1 month. When reheating, place in the oven preheated to 180°C for a few minutes until warmed through. Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Health Benefits of Cranberry Christmas Rockies
Christmas is the time when we indulge ourselves with rich and delicious treats. However, that doesn’t mean we have to compromise on our health. Cranberry Christmas Rockies are a delicious dessert that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also provide a number of health benefits. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you should include these delicious treats in your festive menu:
1. Cranberries – a nutritional powerhouse:
The main ingredient in Cranberry Christmas Rockies is the cranberry itself. These small, bright red berries are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Cranberries are known for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Additionally, cranberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants that boost your immune system and protect your body from free radicals that can damage your cells.
2. High-fiber nutritional component:
The addition of dried cranberries in this recipe not only adds a touch of sweetness, but also contributes to the fiber content of the dessert. Fiber is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system and regulating bowel movements. It helps promote satiety, prevent overeating and control weight, which can come in handy during the holidays when temptations abound.
Fiber also plays a key role in lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and controlling blood sugar levels, making it a valuable part of a balanced diet.
3. A Touch of Fruit:
In addition to the cranberries, this recipe includes a small apple, finely diced. Apples are another fruit with numerous health benefits. They are a great source of fiber, including soluble fiber called pectin, which can help improve gut health and regulate blood sugar levels.
Apples are also rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of various chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity and certain types of cancer.
4. Moderation and Portion Control:
Although Cranberry Christmas Rockies offer some health benefits, it is important to practice moderation and portion control. Remember that even the healthiest dessert should be eaten in moderation to maintain a balanced diet and prevent excessive calorie intake.
By enjoying a small portion of these delicious treats, you can enjoy their flavors and reap the health benefits without feeling guilty or compromising your health goals.
Cranberry Christmas Rockies offer a delightful combination of holiday flavors and health benefits. The cranberries deliver a powerful antioxidant punch, while the addition of fiber-rich dried cranberries and nutritious apples make this dessert a guilt-free treat. Remember: moderation is the key to enjoying the holidays without neglecting your health.