RECIPE: Andrew Zimmern’s Easy Cranberry Cake

12/15/2015 at 12:18 AM ET

Andrew Zimmern's Easy Cranberry Cake
Madeleine Hill; Inset: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

“This simple cranberry cake is a perfect addition to your holiday dessert spread,” Zimmern says. “Not too sweet and packed with fresh cranberries, it’s as beautiful and festive as it is easy to make.”

Andrew Zimmern’s Easy Cranberry Cake
Makes one 9-inch cake
3 tbsp. butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup milk
3 cups whole cranberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch cake pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment at medium speed.

2. Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar, alternating with the cup of milk.

3. Fold cranberries into the batter. Using a spatula, spread batter into the cake pan.

4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester pulls out clean. Cool on a baking rack, un-mold and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream.

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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