Today is the first of December and we've agreed to put up the Christmas tree. This is very early for us but the month is a busy one this year. There are guest rooms to be dusted, menus to plan, treats to prepare and gifts to wrap. Most important is a graduation mid-month. It all comes down to a joyful hustle and bustle this season. Therefore, the tree goes up early. An early carol or so might just be heard today as well.
What does follow tradition, though, is this cranberry cake that has graced our table since a day or two after Thanksgiving, 1980. The Gourmet Magazine it's in is falling apart. I just can't bring myself to copy the many recipes we use from the issue and toss the rest out. The issue is so old that it's one that didn't list ingredients separately from instructions--the bane of many users who found themselves searching for what to put on the grocery list!!
I believe I've shared it with you each November since I started this blog. Here it is again to whet your appetite and encourage you to give it a try if you haven't already.
Now I'm off the pull out those boxes of decorations that I planned all year to organize. I didn't--next year though!
Cranberry Upside Down Cake-Gourmet, November 1980
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan with three tbsp softened unsalted butter.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan and arrange a 12 ounce (because it is no longer a pound bag) of fresh cranberries evenly over the sugar.
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest
Beat the above ingredients together until fluffy.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Sift the above ingredients together
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time alternating with 1/2 cup of milk until just combined.
Pour the batter over the cranberries and carefully smooth out.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 1 hour--until browned on top.
Let rest in the pan on a rack for 20 minutes.
Run a knife around the edges and unmold onto a platter.