Now, finally at the age of early-thirty-something, I've matured enough to realize what all the fuss is about when it comes to cranberries. Thanks to this cake and the cranberry lime galette, I crave, love + worship the once too-bitter holiday harbingers. They're not pretentious so much as perky and, perhaps, misunderstood. I cast them aside just because I never truly got to know them. Sorry about that, little cranberry. I promise to make it up to you.
I'm madly in love with limes and lemons so I honestly don't know why I fought cranberries for so long. They're sort of similar to the citrus fruit family...with more of an artsy edginess; the sarcastic worldly uncle everyone likes, even though you can never quite differentiate whether or not he's being funny or deadly serious about something. At any rate this recipe is delicious enough to convert even the most stubborn anti-cranberrites into happy fans. The cake layers are sweet, buttery & sensuously crumbly. They are an ideal match for the assertive tart cranberry jam that sits in between them (reminiscent of a gourmet jelly-filled cake doughnut).
Since this is a holiday week, the Tuesdays with Dorie members were given the option to make any past recipe we wanted. I skipped this cake when it was chosen at the beginning of the month, but after the success of last week's recipe, I couldn't wait to try out my new found respect for all that is cranberry. For the recipe, please visit Jessica, of A Singleton in the Kitchen. And for some other Thanksgiving dessert ideas, don't forget to visit the other TWD blogs.