Monin Cranberry Syrup
Monin Cranberry Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Small yet full of flavour, cranberries deliver a tangy and sweet taste sensation thats hard to resist. Sadly the fruit is only available for a limited time as the harvest only lasts during autumn. With Monin Cranberry Syrup, however, you dont have to be dictated by the seasons. The delicious tart nature of the berry can be enjoyed whenever desired. Along with being a welcome addition to various desserts, this cranberry syrup is excellent in drinks such as cocktails, teas and smoothies.
It is fair to say there isnt any other fruit quite like cranberries. There are just three fruits which can claim to be native to North America: cranberry is one of them. It grows in the wild, where long-running vines sprout from marshes and sandy bogs. Americans are also responsible for consuming approximately 400m pounds of cranberries each year, with 20% of that figure covered during Thanksgiving week alone.
As for the history of cranberries, it is believed the fruit became a staple for Native Americans during the middle of the 16th century. As a food, the berries had various uses. As well as being enjoyed freshly picked, the fruit would be mixed with wild game. It was also mashed alongside cornmeal, baked and turned into bread. Cranberries, when mixed with melted fat, even proved to be a survival ration during the difficult winter months. To add an extra touch of sweetness to the tangy nature of the fruit, honey or maple sugar would be included at times.
Around 1620, the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims about the uses of cranberries. Near the end of the century, in the 1680s, settlers would create a new product with the fruit: cranberry juice. It was during this time when the berry purportedly gained the name we all know today. It is said Dutch and German settlers referred to the fruit as crane-berry. The reason for this could have been due to the blossom resembling an English cranes head and neck, or because the fruit was popular with cranes. Eventually the crane-berry name would lose an e and hyphen, being shortened to, you guessed it, cranberry.
Aside from its culinary benefits, cranberries have had an extensive history when utilised for other reasons. For example, American mariners and whalers would ensure they stocked up on the fruit to help battle against scurvy. Cranberries would be brewed up by Native Americans with the aim of drawing poison from any arrow-related wounds. They would also place the berries in tea with the belief it would calm nerves, while the fruits juice proved to be an effective dye for fabrics.
In 1816, the United States finally began to cultivate cranberries for their commercial value. The story goes that war veteran Captain Henry Hall, residing in Cape Cod, discovered his cranberry vines were thriving with the addition of sand. While this was an accidental realisation the sand had blown over onto his cranberry-filled bogs he soon ran with this knowledge to become recognised as the very first cultivator of the berry. When word spread of this sand-assisted technique, others quickly mimicked the process, and the production of the fruit exploded. As of today, the US is still responsible for close to 60% of the worlds cranberries.
Cranberry and Raspberry Tiramisu
This recipe is a twist on a classic. Although it has similarities with a traditional tiramisu, this dessert adds a fruity twist to proceedings. The whipped cream is infused with cranberries, while layers of raspberries bring an extra refreshing bite to this simple yet delicious dish.
What you will need:
- Place the fresh cream and Monin Cranberry Syrup into a suitable whipped cream dispenser. Before shaking the device to form a fluffy cranberry-flavoured whipped cream, dont forget to attach a charger. Also when shaking the dispenser, do so for a few seconds to ensure the flavours combine and the whipped cream is suitably airy.
- Pour the Marsala wine into a bowl. Dip each of the sponge fingers into the Marsala. Now its time to assemble. In a large serving dish, cover the base with sponge fingers. Now squirt on a generous portion of the cranberry whipped cream. Sprinkle the fresh raspberries on top of the cream to form another layer. Repeat this process once more with the sponge fingers, whipped cream and raspberries. Although for the top raspberry layer, feel free to use this as an opportunity to explore your artistic side. Finish with a light dusting of icing sugar.