sugared cranberry & brie crackers

my friend h from dubai is visiting this week! fabulous time ahead for sure. like, kicking it off with a classic swiss dinner at the kronenhalle, then on a saturday a hot chocolate in the city and later some christmas wreath making with 20 ladies, oh, and a bit of a decadent tea time at the fanciest hotel in all of zurich. nice, huh? only to be continued next week with raclette somewhere, and chimney cake (seriously, that stuff is addictive…!). oh, and shitloads to do at work, but hey, that won’t spoil the fun, if anything, only make the pleasure more intense. work hard – play hard. 
oh, and ps: these sugared cranberry & brie crackers are the ideal thingy for your christmas cocktail party! or ugly christmas sweater party, whatever you call it. make it! also, i’m giving you multiple purposes to use these sugared (or candied, as i’ve called them before) cranberries. isn’t this fabulous! i won’t stop! 
enjoy the weekend! lots of love
sugared cranberry & brie crackers
1 brie, sliced
2 cups cranberries
1 orange, juice
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick, sliced open
1 vanilla bean
3 cardamom pods, crushed
5 star anise
5 cloves
1 cup sugared cranberries (recipe here)
mint leaves for garnish
start by making the sugared cranberries and the cranberry sauce. for the cranberry sauce, put the sugar in a saucepan and let it caramelize, deglaze with the orange juice and add the cranberries. add the vanilla, cinnamon and other spices, putting the cloves, cardamom pods and star anise into a tea bag so that you can later remove it without any hassle. if need be, add a bit of water. let cool. 
to assemble, take a cracker, top with a slice of brie, place a spoonful of the cranberry sauce on top of the brie and garnish with 3 sugared cranberries and a tiny mint leaf. 

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