Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8-10 servings
â€¢1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
â€¢1 cup finely chopped slivered almonds, toasted
â€¢1 cup all-purpose flour
â€¢1/2 cup butter
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢1 envelope unflavored gelatin
â€¢1/4 cup water
â€¢1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
â€¢1/2 cup red currant jelly
â€¢Whipped cream and additional chopped almonds, optional
â€¢In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, almonds and flour; cut in the butter until crumbly. Beat egg and vanilla; add to flour mixture and stir until moistened. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
â€¢ Coat fingers with flour and press pastry mixture into the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. P;lace on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
â€¢ Meanwhile, soften gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, jelly and remaining sugar. Cook over medium heat until berries pop. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved and cool. Pour into crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and almonds if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8-10 servings.