Recipe: Cranbrosia, A Thanksgiving Tradition

We make this every Thanksgiving in my family.  It’s my mother’s mother’s recipe and it’s OH so good.  Don’t let anyone tell you it belongs on the dessert table.  It is most assuredly a side dish! 🙂  And I know, all my extended family out there, it’s supposed to have chunks of bananas in it.  But I’ve never liked them so I leave them out.  Feel free to add them if you want.  Also, skip to the bottom of the recipe for links to our other favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

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Cranbrosia
from the kitchen of my Granny

makes a 9×13 pan (this is easily halved or 3/4’d so I have the smaller amounts in parentheses below, which I usually do if we’re not having many people at our Thanksgiving dinner.  It also keeps well in the fridge for a few days and thankfully, should be made in advance to have time to chill.)

 1 little can (1/2 can or ¾ can) mandarin oranges
1 15-oz can (1/2 can or ¾ can) pineapple chunks

Drain oranges and pineapple together and save 3/4 C (1/4 C + 2 T or ½ C+1 T) juice.

2 C (1 C or 1 ½ C) fresh cranberries, ground up
1 C (1/2 C or ¾ C) sugar

Combine cranberries and sugar and let them sit for a few minutes.

1 C (1/2 C or ¾ C) coconut
Add drained fruit and coconut to the cranberries.

2 envelopes (1 envelope or 1 ½ envelopes) unflavored gelatin
Soften the gelatin in reserved juice.  Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just dissolved.  Stir into cranberry mixture.

1 C (1/2 C or ¾ C) sour cream
1 C (1/2 C or ¾ C) whipping cream

Whip whipping cream until stiff peaks form and fold it into mixture along with sour cream.  Pour into a 9×13 pan or a 2 quart mold or individual serving dishes. Chill overnight.

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Some other favorite Thanksgiving treats

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5 Responses to Recipe: Cranbrosia, A Thanksgiving Tradition

  1. jonandleah says:

    I have to say that I don’t mind if people don’t like cranbrosia, it leaves more for me!! I have had several conversations with people in England about what table it goes on, and I have to be very firm that it goes on the main table, not the desserts. And I have had to rescue it several times as well to put the dish in it’s proper place!!- J

  2. Aunt Zona says:

    To add to my FB comment…I not only leave the bananas in, I add a full three large ripe ones! They make it extra yummy, both texture and taste. And, Leah, Todd insists that it is a dessert, and only eats it after dinner. I, on the other hand, love the fresh palette cleansing effect during the meal, which typically is so heavy.

    • Laura says:

      Sorry Zona – I can’t even stand one banana! And I agree with you – it’s a nice light break in the middle of the other heavy dinner foods!

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