Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cider Plumped Raisins & Craisins

Yesterday was a blustery day blowing swirls of the light snow and the tree branches!  With our snow covered streets it was a Norman Rockwell winter picturesque morning.  Perhaps his paintings and illustrations quickly come to mind, because Stockbridge, MA is a little over an hour's drive west from our home on the MA Turnpike.  It is a fav road trip to visit this very familiar museum filled with his works. 

While the snow was blowing outside, we were very comfortable indoors.  The computers, the cell phones and the iPad were in constant use.  The question of the morning:  Would the Metro-North travel resume to NYC, anytime soon?

Breakfast was quick and yummy!  Whenever our freezer's supply of muffins is gone, (and it was gone) there are always Craisin Raisin Twists.  :)  Previously, I have posted about my fam's happiness of biting into a Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Twist that is filled with Plumped Raisins/Craisins.  Usually, I soak the dried fruit in Apple Juice for added flavor.  However, last week there was no apple juice to be found in my home.  However, we live in New England and cider is a staple in our fridge!  Cider it was! 

Yummy, I learned that Apple Cider gives Craisins & Raisins a nice tangy flavor.  In a 1 cup container (with a lid) fill 1/2 full with Craisins and/or Raisins.  Pour Cider to cover dried fruit and place lid on top and into the fridge.  I use a 1 Cup Ziploc.  Store in fridge for 2 days and the plumped fruit will be ready to use.  This stores well about 2 weeks in the fridge. 

As of yesterday morning we are liking the tang of Craisins & Raisins that have been swimming in Apple Cider.  The Flaky Cinnamon Twists were baked following the package directions (and until lightly browned) and adding 6-7 plumped Craisins/Raisins in the middle of the dough before twisting.
 

A quick and yummy breakfast included Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, half a Grapefruit & Coffee.     

We did enjoy!
Yummy!
         

13 comments:

Dishesdone said...

Looks delicious!

One of my favorite places is Stockbridge, especially the Rockwell Museum! Used to go there often during the summer years ago! And sometimes lunch at the Red Lion Inn! Loved that!

ann said...

I love the sound of those Flaky Cinnamon Twists filled with the plumped raisins and craisins. Sounds like your day yesterday was similar to ours. We're also in Massachusetts. A fun blizzard day!

Stacey said...

Sounds yummy to me. That might be a great way to revive raisins that are overly dry too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That sounds so wonderful! I made buttermilk biscuits tonight..sure makes the house smell good to bake when it's cold outside! Enjoy your week! ♥

JG said...

Dishesdone- The Norman Rockwell Museum is great! We visit every year, always a different season. Chicken & Vegetable Pot Pie at the Red Lion Inn after a few hours of culture is the best! :)

Ann- The Craisin/Raisin Twists store very well in the freezer after baking/icing. Yesterday you had 3X as much snow as we did in the Pioneer Valley. Oh, the wind!

Stacey- Cider, Apple Juice or Cranberry Juice do give a second life to dried out raisins. Now first choice is the Cider. :)

JG said...

Lavender Dreamer- Bisquits with Buttermilk- yummy! A cold day and a warm kitchen is just plain cozy!

Rita said...

Great post for a stormy day; these Cinnamon Twists filled with the plumped raisins look so good.

JG said...

Rita- They were sooo goood, they are gone!

Mary said...

What a delicious way to start the day. The twists sound delicious. I hope you can enjoy the remainder of the holiday. Blessings...Mary

JG said...

Mary- These Twists containing the plumped dried fruit are a fav of my fam's. What a wonderful time of year.

teresa said...

oh yum, what a great idea! happy new year!

Charli and me said...

These look really delicious. Thank you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year. It has been a joy coming here.

JG said...

teresa-
Charli and me-

We always enjoy these! Happy New Year to you & your families! :)