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Sugared Key Limes and Cranberries

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

Active time 10 mins
Total time 1 hr, 40 mins

Makes about 2 cups

This recipe goes with: Rum Cake with Key Lime Buttercream


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sliced Key limes
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups superfine or sanding sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium high, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add lime slices, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove limes with a slotted spoon to a small bowl. Add cranberries to pot, and simmer 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl, and let cool to room temperature. Drain cranberries well, and discard or reserve liquid for another use. Drain fruit well. Reserve liquid for another use. Place fruit on a rimmed baking pan and let set until almost completely dry, about 1 hour.

  2. Toss fruit in superfine sugar to coat completely. Use immediately.