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Cranberry Dessert With Whipped Cream and Crackers Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

This delightful concoction is a dessert that my cousin used to make every time we got together for a holiday or special occasion. It was always the first dish that everyone reached for, and it was always the first dish finished. We rarely waited until dessert, it just became one of our side dishes, and it never had a formal name, we just called it our cousin's cranberry thing.

I have seen desserts like this called "Yifta" or "Gifta," but we really have no idea where this recipe originated. We only know that she picked it up many, many years ago in the Midwest.

Cranberry dessert with whipped cream and crackers is one of those incredibly delicious dishes that is so easy to make, you'll be asking yourself why you never thought to make it. With its colorful layers, it makes a beautiful presentation on any holiday table or buffet.

Once you try this dessert, it will become a favorite at your table too.

Cranberry Dessert ready for the table.

Cranberry Dessert ready for the table.

What do you think about this unique dessert?

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1-2 sleeves soda crackers, coarsely crushed
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Bring water, cranberries and 2 cups of sugar to a boil and stir. Let boil for approximately 10 minutes, until cranberries have popped. Set aside to cool completely. 2-3 cans of whole cranberry sauce can be substituted.
  2. Beat the whipping cream until firm peaks are formed. Add sugar and vanilla to taste. A general rule of thumb is 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  3. Crush the soda crackers and set aside.
  4. Once the cranberries have cooled completely, assemble the ingredients. This is best assembled in a trifle bowl or other clear glass dish. Layer cranberries, crackers and whipped cream. Repeat until top of dish is reached, ending with the whipped cream on top.
  5. Refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. This dish gets better if it sits longer, but because of the fresh whipped cream, it does not last for more than 2-3 days.

How to Make Whipped Cream

Don't be tempted to substitute whipped topping for real whipped cream. Fresh whipped cream only takes a few minutes to make and it tastes so much better. Follow the step by step photo guide below to make perfect whipped cream every time.

Step 1 - Always start with a chilled mixing bowl and whisking attachment.

Step 1 - Always start with a chilled mixing bowl and whisking attachment.

Step 2 - Add chilled whipping cream to bowl and turn setting to high.

Step 2 - Add chilled whipping cream to bowl and turn setting to high.

Step 3 - Near the end of the mixing, add sugar and vanilla.  Check the mixture to see if it is finished, being careful not to whip the cream too long.  It could eventually turn into butter.

Step 3 - Near the end of the mixing, add sugar and vanilla. Check the mixture to see if it is finished, being careful not to whip the cream too long. It could eventually turn into butter.

Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use.

Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use.

For Your Next Holiday Dessert...

Your dinner is sure to be a success when you serve cranberry dessert with whipped cream and crackers. It's easy, unique, and delicious!

No holiday dessert table is complete without this beautiful Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers!

No holiday dessert table is complete without this beautiful Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers!

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell

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