Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pie Filling Cake

Photo by Debo

Cranberries weren't always cranberries. For Eastern Indians, they were "sassamanesh.” Cape Cod Pequots and South Jersey Leni-Lenape tribes called them "ibimi," or bitter berry. And the Algonquins of Wisconsin dubbed the fruit "atoqua.” But it was the early German and Dutch settlers who started calling it the "crane berry” because of the flower’s resemblance to the head and bill of a crane. And finally, that was the name that stuck.



Cranberries are one of the most unique fruits in the world. One of only three fruits native to North America, cranberries grow in the wild on long running vines in sandy bogs and marshes. While they’re primarily harvested in the Northeast, cranberries also grow in other parts of North America, like Wisconsin and the Pacific Northwest.

It was Native Americans who first took advantage of the cranberry’s many natural attributes. By mixing mashed cranberries with deer meat, they made a survival food called pemmicana. They also believed in the medicinal value of the cranberry, using the berry in poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds. And the rich red juice of the cranberry was used as a natural dye for rugs, blankets and clothing.  All just some of the reasons the cranberry has been called the ‘wonderberry’.

But even with its many uses, cranberries weren’t farmed on a large scale until the 1800s. At first, growers picked the berries by hand. They then developed a more efficient dry harvesting technique, later revolutionizing the process with an idea called wet harvesting. By flooding the bog with water, the cranberry’s buoyancy allows it to float to the surface, where they are collected.

And since that time, Ocean Spray growers have continued to harvest the cranberries that go into the juices and snacks you’ve come to love. Learn more about our cranberry harvest.

This cake is so easy and tasty. No clean up. You can use any pie filling you like.

Pie Filling Cake
Recipe from Lucille Bollman

1 (20 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, in juice
1 (18.5 oz) box yellow cake mix
2 sticks butter
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 13x9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat.

Pour crushed pineapple with juice into the greased baking dish and evenly spread cherry pie filling on top. Cover with dry yellow cake mix and top with walnuts. Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

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  1. This cake looks great Christine! I never knew there was a cranberry pie filling... I must look for it. I bet the cake tasted great. :)

  2. I am not a huge fan of pie, but love the filling. Since I adore cake, this is a perfect dessert for me.

  3. Quick and easy! Looks great (and sneaks a little fruit in too!)

  4. So interesting! And I've never even seen cranberry pie filling!

  5. I like pie SO much better than cake...so this is a way to please all members of my family! Yummy idea~

  6. What an inventive way to melt cheese!!


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