Cranberry Bogs and Desserts

After a week of visiting with friends near Portland, Oregon we are back on the road. Driving south along the Oregon coast on Highway 101 we saw a ‘U-Pick Cranberries’ sign. Having just gotten a new recipe for cranberries and never having seen a cranberry bog we made a quick stop.

I was expecting to be wading through standing water but apparently they only flood the bog when it’s time to harvest so the berries will float to the top while the machine pulls them off the plants.

This dessert is amazing! Give it a shot. It’s easy and you will love it. The original recipe calls for walnuts but I think it’s much better with almonds.

Cranberry Nut Dessert


  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Butter a 9-inch pie dish and cover bottom generously with cranberries. Sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts.
  2. Beat egg into a small mixing bowl. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar. Beat in flour. Slowly beat in melted butter. Pour batter over berries.
  3. Bake at 325 for about 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

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