Question about dried cranberries and what to do without a skillet

Hi! This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try it. Two questions:

1. If my dried cranberries are more on the shriveled side than the plump side, would you recommend soaking them in boiling water ahead of time to make them a little more juicy? Or would this add too much water?

2. Unfortunately, I do not have a cast iron skillet, but I do have a square Le Creuset baking dish with some weight. I was thinking I could brown the butter in a separate pan first and then bake everything in the baking dish. Would this require any significant changes to temp/baking time?

Thank you for creating this recipe! If I don't hear back, I will just try these out and see how it works :)



Stephanie L. January 6, 2022
Yes, I agree with drbabs!

1. You can rehydrate the dried cranberries by placing them in a bowl and pouring enough hot water to cover them. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes, then drain and use.

2. It should be no problem to substitute the square Le Creuset baking dish! Just keep an eye on the baking time, as it will probably vary from the original recipe.
drbabs January 5, 2022
1. Yes, soak them first. For more fun, you could soak them in rum or another liqueur.

2. You can certainly bake this in your baking pan. Just watch the timing so it’s not over or under baked because of the size and material differences. For reference, I don’t have a cast iron skillet either, so I always bake recipes that call for one in my regular baking dishes instead. They come out fine.
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