For the Table - Coldbrook Farm Aronia Berries

A BLENDING FRUIT

Aronia is America’s premier blending fruit in foods and beverages you already know and like. It creates dynamic colors and ambrosial new flavor profiles with other fruits, nuts, chocolates and oats.

TIPS

Freeze fresh aronia for sweeter, juicier berries.
Substitute aronia for cranberries in your favorite recipes.
To sweeten with less sugar or substitutes, mix aronia with other fruits.
Chocolate, nuts and oats taste delicious with aronia.

I: Frozen Aronia

For dried sweetened aronia, please scroll down

Aronia Berry Satin Smoothie

2 cups strawberry yogurt
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries







Put the yogurt in a blender, then the berries.

Blend until the drink looks and feels like satin.

Aronia Berry Bread

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp shortening, not margarine
1 egg
1 orange, grated rind and juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries, sliced in half

Grease loaf pan. Blend first four ingredients. Add and mix shortening, egg, grated orange rind and enough juice to moisten but not make as thin as cake batter. Stir in nuts and aronia berries. Bake at 350° about 40 minutes. Cool before turning out.

Allow flavors to blend by refrigerating overnight or longer.
 

Aronia Festiva

4 thin slices of white bread
4 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted in a skillet
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries, thawed
3 cups peaches, fresh or thawed, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

Remove crusts from bread; cut each slice into four strips. Dip bread into butter or margarine; line casserole bottom and sides with strips. Cook berries, peaches, lemon juice and sugar in remaining butter in skillet only until fruit is tender. Don't let liquid evaporate. Place in casserole. Sprinkle with raisins and nuts. Bake at 350° about 35 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Cool. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Classic Aronia Berry Pie

Pastry for 2-crust 8" pie
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
4 cups Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
2 cups sugar
5 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup flour

Melt butter or margarine in saucepan. Stir in and heat berries, sugar and lemon juice. When juice flows, stir in flour. Cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, line pie pan with crust. Pour in cooled mixture. Put on top crust; flute; slit. To catch juice, put foil on pie skirt or cookie sheet. Shape upward around pie pan without covering pie. Bake at 425° until browned, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool. Refrigerate overnight.

RazzyJazzy-Aronia Pie

One 8" pie crust, baked
3 cups red raspberries, fresh or thawed
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries, plus a few for garnish, thawed
2/3 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
5 Tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
3 oz. low-fat cream cheese

Strain 1 cup each of raspberries and aronia into saucepan. Add 2/3 cup water. Simmer three minutes. Pour in sugar; stir. Mix 1/3 cup water and cornstarch. Combine, blend and stir constantly over medium heat, until thick and translucent. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Place in freezer for 20 minutes Stir about four times.

Dry remaining raspberries on paper towel. Spread cream cheese on bottom of cooled pastry. Place berries in pastry; spread cooled mixture over them; garnish with whole berries. Freeze 30 minutes or more until set but not frozen. If necessary, refrigerate overnight.
Consider topping with whipped cream.

PearAronia Crisp

2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
3 cups pears, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp lemon juice

Topping:

3/8 cup flour
1/2 stick butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar

Butter a deep baking dish. In medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp butter or margarine. Add aronia, sugar, ginger and lemon juice. Heat until juices flow. Fold in pears. Pour into baking dish.

Prepare topping in small mixing bowl. Cut butter in flour, oats and brown sugar. Drop loosely on fruit mixture. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes, until fruit is tender and crisp is brown.
 

PeachAronia Cobbler

2 1/4 cups peaches, sliced
3/4 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 Tbsp flour

Topping:
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/8 tsp baking soda
3/8 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp buttermilk (or let set 3 Tbsp milk mixed with 1/2 tsp vinegar)

Butter deep 1 1/4-quart baking dish. In medium-sized bowl, mix all but topping ingredients. Place in baking dish. Distribute berries evenly. For topping, cut butter or margarine into dry ingredients. Add beaten egg. Add buttermilk; cut with fork. Cover fruit without flattening topping.

Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° for about 35 minutes, until fruit is tender and topping is brown.

Aronia Apple Pudding Cake

1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
2 cups apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk

In saucepan over medium heat, cook  aronia, apples, cinnamon, sugar, lemon juice and a dash of water until tender. Don’t let liquid evaporate. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, blend in mixing bowl flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In this order, mix in thoroughly butter or margarine, beaten egg and milk. Turn pudding into buttered casserole. Drop batter onto it by tablespoonful.

Cover and bake at 450° 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake is brown. Serve as is or with whipped cream.
 

CherryAronia Cobbler

2 1/4 cups frozen red pie cherries
3/4 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp flour

Topping:
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/8 tsp baking soda
3/8 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp buttermilk (or let set 3 Tbsp milk mixed with 1/2 tsp vinegar)

Butter deep 1 1/4-quart baking dish. In medium-sized bowl, mix all but topping ingredients. Place in baking dish. Distribute berries evenly. For topping, cut butter or margarine into dry ingredients. Add beaten egg. Add buttermilk; cut with fork. Cover fruit without flattening topping.

Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° for about 35 minutes, until fruit is tender and topping is brown.

 

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ChocAronia Smoothie

8 oz. chocolate mousse yogurt
4 oz. orange yogurt (light)
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
1/4 cup frozen raspberries 

ChocArionia Smoothie

Place ingredients in blender in above order.

Blend and enjoy.

Rich Apricot Crisp

2 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
2 cups apricots, chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice

Topping:
3/8 cup flour
1/2 stick butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar

Butter a small, deep baking dish. In medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp butter or margarine. Add aronia, sugar, nutmeg and lemon juice. Heat until juices flow. Fold in apricots. Pour into baking dish.

Prepare topping in small mixing bowl. Cut butter in flour, oats and brown sugar. Drop loosely on fruit mixture. Bake at 350° for about 40 to 45 minutes, until fruit is tender and crisp is brown.

Baked PlumAronia Trifle

1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
1 1/2 tsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups plums, halved
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp flour

In a saucepan, combine, stir and melt first 5 ingredients. Stir in and heat aronia berries, sugar and lemon juice. When juice flows, stir in flour. Cool to room temperature. 

Butter 8" sq. pan. Spread plums and cooled berries evenly in pan. Cream butter or margarine and 1/4 cup sugar. Blend 1 cup flour, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking powder; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Spread over fruit.

Combine and sprinkle over mixture 3/4 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt and 2 Tbsp flour. Pour 1 cup boiling water over all. Bake at 375° about 45 minutes, or until the top begins to brown. Cool and cut into squares. If desired, top with whipped cream, coconut and chocolate shavings.
 

Honey CinnAronia Cheesecake

9" pastry, unbaked
2 8-oz. pkg. low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup honey
4 eggs
1 cup Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries, thawed 

In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon. Gradually add honey and beat until smooth. Add eggs and beat until just blended. Fold in aronia berries. Pour into pastry. Bake at 350° until set and slightly browned, about 40-50 min. Cool and refrigerate 4 hours before serving.

 

Aronia Juice

8 to 10 lbs. Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries
sugar or other sweetener (optional) 

Place aronia berries in a large cooking kettle. Add water without covering the berries. Simmer an hour or more until it becomes juice. Toss the berries. Sweeten, if necessary. 

Variations: Add juice from raspberries (seeded) or pears.

Aronia Syrup

3 c. sugar
2 c. aronia juice

Combine, simmer and stir frequently for 15 minutes or until the mixture reaches the desired thickness.

Serve as a glaze on poultry or pork; cheesecake; as a topping for ice cream, waffles, pancakes or French toast; or in milkshakes.
 
aronia pancakes

Whole Wheat Aronia Pancakes

1 egg, beaten
3 T. milk
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2  tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. ginger
1 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1/4 c. Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries

Blend first two ingredients. Stir in dry ingredients and yogurt. Fold in berries. Fry in a skillet with Canola or butter substitute.

Pluotocracy

sliced peaches
pluots,sliced
Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries 

Fold equal amounts of each fruit in a bowl. Serve as is, with cereal or yogurt, or topped with whipped cream. 

Variations: Use the trio in smoothies, pies, cobblers and crisps.

Dotted Cauliflower

1 full cauliflower
butter or margarine
milk
salt
pepper
10 Coldbrook Farm frozen aronia berries, thawed

In boiling water, cook cauliflower florets until very soft. Drain. Add butter or margarine, milk, salt and pepper. Whip as you would mashed potatoes. Place in a casserole. Just before serving, garnish with aronia berries.

Variations: Add diced ham and/or melt a thin slice of cheese across the top before you add the berries.
 
Pluotocracy

II: Dried Sweetened Aronia

For frozen aronia, please scroll up


Fried Noodles with PeanutAronia Sauce

2 pkg. instant ramen noodles
2 tsp Canola
2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp honey
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup dried sweetened aronia berries
1 Tbsp Canola
1/2 cup carrots, slivered
1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 can water chestnuts
1 flavor packet (from instant noodles)
onion salt to taste
pepper to taste
poultry, beef, or seafood, cooked and sliced or cubed
mandarin oranges, optional

Boil noodles for 3 minutes. Prepare sauce in another pan. Mix thoroughly and cook next 7 ingredients at medium-low heat. Simmer on low 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally and thin with additional milk if sauce becomes too thick. Keep warm. 

Heat Canola on high in frying pan. Toss in carrots and cabbage. Stir fry for 1 minute. Sprinkle 1 flavor packet from ramen noodles, onion salt and pepper. Lower heat slightly. Add drained noodles and water chestnuts, and meat or seafood. Continue stir-frying until warmed through. If desired, stir in mandarin oranges; heat lightly. Serve with sauce on top. 

Variations: Omit onion salt and incorporate sautéed onions. Season with curry powder and soy sauce. Replace black pepper with cayenne pepper.
Noodles and Aronia Berries

 

Chocolate Crackles

1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 2/3 cup Cheerios or Spanish peanuts
1/3 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries 

Stirring frequently, melt chocolate chips over low heat. Remove from flame and coat Cheerios or Spanish peanuts with melted chocolate. Fold in dried sweeetened aronia berries. 

Drop by teaspoonsful on wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until solid.

 

The Original Enrobed Aronia

Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
Callebaut Classic Coating (milk or dark chocolate)
wooden toothpicks
bananas

Melt chocolate in a saucepan on low heat while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Place aronia berry on a toothpick. Rotate it on its side while evenly coating. To cool drip-free, poke the toothpick upright into banana.

Voila!

Directions by Stuart Garfield.

Chocolate Whispers

4 oz Ghirardelli 70% Cacao Premium Baking Bar
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
small nut pieces, optional

Melt baking bar in heavy saucepan on very low heat. Stir continuously to avoid scorching. In individual candy cups, put 7 aronia berries and, if desired, 2 nut pieces. Cover with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour.

Variations: Stir your favorite extract, such as banana or orange, into the melted chocolate. Or add a hint of cinnamon. Make aronia nut clusters by stirring berries and nuts into melted chocolate.

Drop into candy cups and refrigerate until solid.

CinnAronia Bar
The Ultimate Aronia Granola Bar

7/8 cup raw old-fashioned oats
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/6 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries,
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
1/3 cup Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate mini-morsels
2 Tbsp Canola
3/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey

In medium-sized bowl, mix thoroughly the first 3 ingredients and the brown sugar, broken up. Stir in seeds, dried fruits and chocolate chips.

Blend the remaining ingredients in small bowl. Drip over the granola. Stir to coat evenly.

Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press into a rectangle until flat. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes, until golden. Cool before cutting.

5-Star Aronia Trail Mix

1 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp dried cherries
2 dried apricots, halved
2 dried apple rings, cut in chunks
4 banana chips
1 Tbsp Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
1 Tbsp raw old-fashioned oats, toasted
3 Tbsp pepitas

Mix and store in air-tight container until ready to use.

Create your own special trail mix by substituting other ingredients:

Dried fruits strawberries, papaya, mangoes or candied orange.

Nuts (chocolate-covered or plain) – peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts or walnuts.

Chips – peanut butter or butterscotch.

Yield: 1 cup

Whole Wheat Nibblers

1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/8 tsp cinnamon
3/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Cream butter or margarine and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add remaining dry ingredients, blended, alternately with yogurt. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375‪° for about 7 minutes. Remove to cool.

Yield: 3 dozen

Corn Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1
tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Blend butter or margarine and sugar. Add eggs and milk; beat well. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° until brown on the bottom, about 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen

Aronia Jumpstart

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, raw or toasted
1/4 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 tsp flax seed (for an Omega-3 boost)
1 tsp sesame seed

Combine ingredients. If desired, make in advance and refrigerate in a tight container. Serve with milk.

Variations: Toss in some banana slices, peaches or strawberries.

Serves 1

Aronia Fruit Delight

1/2 cup peaches, sliced
1/2 cup pears, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup raspberries
1 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Mix all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Variations: Substitute cherries for raspberries or sprinkle with coconut.

Serves 4

Aronia Waldorf Salad


2 apples, peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp dry-roasted sunflower seeds
mayonnaise (fat-free) to taste

Combine and serve as is or on lettuce.
 
Serves 2

RiceAronia

1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked
1 egg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp coconut flakes
1/4 cup dry-roasted sunflower seeds,
meat or seafood, cooked and diced

Cook rice. Meanwhile, scramble the egg in a skillet with a bit of Canola. While letting the rice stand, stir in the cinnamon with a fork. When rice is ready, chop egg and add to rice with dried aronia berries, coconut, sunflower seeds and meat or seafood.

Serves 1-2


Turkey, Chicken or Beef Curry

1 cup brown rice, uncooked
leftover turkey, chicken or chuck, cubed or diced
leftover broth
1 Tbsp curry powder
6 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 Tbsp hulled pumpkin seeds

While cooking rice, chop meat. Make sauce with leftover broth. Add curry powder. Toss in dried sweetened aronia berries, coconut and hulled pumpkin seeds. Serve on steaming rice.

Serves 2-3

VegAronia Shuffle

cabbage, sliced
carrots, sliced or cut in strips
broccoli florets, with stems diced
cauliflower florets, with stems diced
red bell pepper, diced
water chestnuts, sliced
onion, diced
butter substitute (optional)
sesame seeds
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
spices and herbs of choice, including pepper and chives
no-sodium soy sauce (optional)

In large skillet, stirring occasionally, simmer vegetables for about 15 minutes or until almost done. If desired, blend in butter substitute for extra flavor. Stir in sesame seeds and dried sweetened aronia berries. Season with pepper, chives, and other herbs and spices. Serve with soy sauce, if desired, or accent with Ying's (all-natural) Kungpao Sauce.

Tangy Chicken Salad

lettuce
leftover chicken, diced
sesame seeds
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
herbs of your choice
salad dressing

For an instant lunch, place salad greens on a plate. Mix all remaining ingredients except salad dressing. Place them on the greens. Pour your favorite dressing over all.

CheezAronia Bites

crackers, low-sodium, low-fat
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
mozzarella cheese

Place several dried sweetened aronia berries on each cracker. Drizzle melted mozzarella cheese over fruit.

Variation: For an open-faced sandwich, substitute toast for crackers. Spread dried sweetened aronia berries evenly on toast. Cover fruit with mozzarella cheese, sliced. Broil or microwave until cheese melts.

Antioxidant-Rich Stuffing

corn bread, cubed
whole wheat bread, cubed
white bread, cubed
butter substitute
herbs to taste
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries 

Melt butter substitute in a saucepan. Toss in bread cubes, Beginning with sage, season with your favorite Thanksgiving herbs. Stir gently. Fold in dried aronia berries, sweetened. Stuff a bird or serve as is.

Wake 'Em Up Carrot Salad

carrots, grated
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
fat-free mayonnaise
dash of cinnamon
your favorite unsalted seeds or nutmeats
lettuce 

Mix first five ingredients to taste. Serve on lettuce.





ChocAronia Bark

1 12-oz. semi-sweet chocolate bar
3/4
cup walnuts, chopped
3-4 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries 

On low heat, stir chocolate in saucepan until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts, then aronia berries. 

Pour onto wax-paper lined cookie sheet or baking pan. Spread the mixture so it’s as thin as possible. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour. 

Indulge!

ChocAroon Wedges

3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups coconut, shredded
1/3 cup (generous) Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries 

Stirring constantly, melt unsweetened chocolate and butter or margarine on low heat. Stir in the next four ingredients. Pour into greased 9" pie pan. In small mixing bowl, combine last three ingredients. Leaving a 1/2" border, drop the mixture on top of the chocolate. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Slice like a pie.


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