I love Christmas. LOVE it. I live for that warm gooey feeling you get in your gut when you’re surrounded by good food and better people. I’m waiting, rather impatiently, for my 16 month old daughter to grasp the importance of the holiday. So far she’s cried in Santa’s face and tried to choke herself out with a strand of beaded garland – holiday spirit isn’t her forte just yet. Luckily what she lacks in spirit she makes up for in entertainment.
This is the first year we’ve decorated a tree with her, gone on evening walks to look at the neighbourhood lights as a family, read books about holiday giving and the importance of generosity, and flicked those twinkling lights that line our tiny tree and doorways on each afternoon as the daylight fades. Having her involved in all our traditions leading up to the big day is so special to us. I can’t wait to leave her notes from Santa like my parents did for us. It’s such a magic time for kids and I want her to feel that twinkle like I did.
We played with both the vanilla whipped cream and the limited edition holiday Dark Chocolate Caramel flavour. Both were incredible so use what you can find and what you like.
2 cups whole fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 vanilla bean (1 tsp pure vanilla extract)
2 tbsp dark spiced rum
pinch sea salt
4 cups cubed brownies
1 can Gay Lea Real Whipped Cream in your favourite flavour
For the cranberries; In a small saucepot over medium-high heat, add the cranberries, water, sugar, vanilla bean and rum and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until berries have burst and their juices have evaporated to a jammy texture, about 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.
When ready to serve; Layer small tumblers or dessert dishes with a few cubed up brownie pieces, a large spoonful of the cranberries (feel free to warm slightly to loosen it up), and a thick layer of whipped cream. Repeat once more, saving a few bits of brownie for the top.
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