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"This has been a 'trade secret' for years, but it's so good I decided to share it! It's everyone's favourite, and can even be poured over a log of goat's cheese and served with crackers for an easy and delicious Christmas canapé."

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • 250ml water
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 350g fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and pureed
  • 1 apple - peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 pear - peeled, cored and diced
  • 200g chopped dried mixed fruit
  • 125g chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:40min ›Extra time:20min › Ready in:1hr15min

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Watch how!

Watch how to make three different kinds of cranberry sauce starting with an easy base recipe in our How to make cranberry sauce video.

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by Karen Phillips

Literally the BEST cranberry sauce EVER. You will never again buy the canned kind. I followed the recipe to a T, except that I substituted one small can of mandarine orange slices instead of one orange. It made prep super easy. For the dried fruit, I used the Sunmaid bits of fruit that include raisins, prunes, cherries and apricots. Everyone at our Thanksgiving dinner loved this sauce. My mother asked for seconds and thirds! The recipe makes a TON, but it lasts in the fridge and only gets better as the flavors blend. I found myself craving it by the spoonful the days following Thanksgiving, so I would heat a few spoonfulls in the microwave until it was warm and ate it right out of the bowl. I am still eating it with cream cheese on bagels for breakfast every morning! This one will be a staple at my holiday table every year! The best way to describe it is that it tastes like "fall." The yummy fall spices make this dish.-04 Dec 2006

by Private

Doesn't look like the picture at all....just fyi. I liked the recipe, it was more like a fruity dessert than a cranberry sauce, which was actually nice since some people don't like Cranberry sauce. I would recommend that you half the sugar, cook the cranberries in a different pot, put the remaining pot of fruit in a food processor after cooked and then add the cranberries after processing. This would give it more of a "cranberry dish" feel. It is very tasty, but make sure to half the sugar....the fruit was more than enough sweet.-25 Dec 2006


Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is a must with that Thanksgiving Turkey. But why not take it a step further and add a little more flavor? This Blackberry Cranberry Sauce is just the thing to take basic cranberry sauce to the next level. It’s just as easy as plain cranberry sauce, but it has a bit more flavor. Everyone will be so impressed when you make your own homemade cranberry sauce with some extra special flavors in it. Enjoy!

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  • 12 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water

Place cranberries in a medium saucepan. Add water to the pan, just under 1-inch deep (cranberries do not need to be completely covered). Heat over medium-high heat until the cranberries begin to pop. Cook a few minutes more, until most of the skins have popped.

Gently stir in the blackberries, sugar, salt and allspice.

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water and whisk together until smooth. Add the mixture to the pan and stir to incorporate. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce is thickened. Smash the berries just a bit while you stir, leaving some berries intact for a chunkier texture. Remove from heat and allow to cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.


Fresh Cranberries

I prefer to use fresh cranberries with this recipe, but I’m sure frozen will work just as well. There are an abundance of fresh cranberries available in the grocery stores during this time of year, so snag a couple of bags while they are still in season.

Remember cranberry sauce is not just for Thanksgiving, there are plenty of recipes where you can use fresh cranberry sauce: charcuterie platters, cranberry scones, pork loin, cakes, pies, chicken, pork chops, waffles, pancakes, place on top of brie and in turkey sandwiches.


Mango Cranberry Sauce

You are now able to buy this recipe’s ingredients online! After you select your market, you decide if you want to have your items delivered or if you want to pick them up in store!

Add refreshing tropical flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with GOYA® Mango Fruit Pulp! The sweetness from this irresistible fruit pairs perfectly with tart cranberries. Zesty oranges and refreshing ginger perk up the flavor, making this Mango Cranberry Sauce a side dish that everyone will remember.


Most recipes for cranberry sauce are too sweet and have a tendency to resemble jam. Using wine instead of water to cook the fruit is a sound idea, as is keeping the sugar content lower than the traditional recipes suggest. Taste the sauce as it cooks, adding more sugar or a squeeze of lemon juice as you think fit. Remember, the sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

In his wonderful book Real Flavours, Glynn Christian suggests serving cranberry sauce hot, and I agree with him. It is much brighter tasting and altogether more pleasing. He also suggests additions of roasted black peppercorns, mace and lemon, grated orange or cardamom. I often add bashed juniper berries to mine, strips of shredded clementine peel, and sometimes a splash of port.


I Made The Fresh Cranberry Sauce, But Now What?

Do You Serve Cranberry Sauce Hot or Cold? First things first, you do not want to serve it hot. It will turn into a thin runny mess. You do have two other option though. Serve it right out of the fridge for a firmer consistency, or at room temperature for more of a sauce consistency.

How Long Does Cranberry Sauce Keep? To maximize the shelf life of homemade cranberry sauce, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container. The sauce will keep for about 10 to 14 days.

In the Freezer: Pack homemade cranberry sauce in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag to prevent freezer burn. For best results, use the frozen cranberry sauce within a couple of months, and defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

What Do You Serve with Cranberry Sauce? The possibilities are endless when serving this cranberry sauce. My personal favorite way to eat it is by scooping a little bit on top of my turkey at Thanksgiving. Talk about yum!

You can also put it on crackers, use it in a sandwich, just secretly eat spoons full of it when no one is looking, or serve it on the side of your plate to mix an match as you please. All great options in my opinion.


12 Cranberry Recipes That Will Make You Forget About Cranberry Sauce This Season

Ah, the humble cranberry. Tiny and tart, these red little spheres are a harbinger of the holiday season in the very best way. They lend their unique flavor to the holiday table and a celebratory meal just wouldn’t feel complete without them. Could you really say it’s Christmas dinner without cranberries? Probably not. While we’re all accustomed to the usual bowl of cranberry sauce in the middle of the table, there’s more than one way to make sure you get your cranberry fix this season. In fact, here are 12. This list has ideas for sweet desserts and quick breads, fun appetizers and stunning sides. You can be sure you’ll find a cranberry concoction that’s worthy of the sparkle of the season, and that you won’t have to rely on that plain ol’ can of cranberries for it.

You’ll find links to recipes for all of these fabulous cranberry dishes at the end of the list!


The More Fruit the Merrier

Not only does this Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce hit the mark as far as your health, it adds so much more complexity of flavors to this traditional food. I love the addition of all the other fruit. The raspberries, apples, and oranges just add an extra delicious flavor! I actually made this recipe with fresh cranberries (because it is what I had on hand) and it turned out perfectly. So frozen or fresh, either works great. I guess just use whatever you have on hand or whatever is cheapest at your grocery store!


Fancy a lighter version? Leave out the cinnamon and add the grated zest of half an orange, and one peeled and finely chopped apple.

Cranberry sauce can be served either chilled or at room temperature as a delicious glaze for your Christmas day meats or a sauce for your tasty vegetables. It would make an excellent sauce for grilled meats - simple brush some of the sauce over the meat towards the end of the grilling time for a delicious, smooth, sweet coating.

Due to it's very few inredients, cranberry sauce has a very simple sweet taste of pure cranberries and sugar. The texture can be quite jelly like, and thats why it well suits a tender piece of meat. If you sauce is tasting a little bitter, simply add a small amount of maple syrup to intensify the sweetness until you reach your desired flavour - avoid adding more sugar as unless it completely dissolves in the sauce you won't create the same effect.


Health benefits of cranberries

Cranberries are very high in anti-oxidants and vitamin C! This article from Well and Good suggests they lower cholesterol, reduce urinary tract infections, boost the immune system, improve digestion and prevent gum disease! Not bad, right?

Canned cranberry sauce will have the same health benefits from the cranberries, but many canned sauces also contain high fructose corn syrup! If you make you own, you can use fresh, organic ingredients, if you choose to!

But cranberry sauce is not the only way to enjoy these powerhouses of good stuff! They are wonderful in this Pumpkin, Orange Cranberry Bread, or these Cranberry Orange Meatballs! This Cherry Cranberry Crisp is perfect for the upcoming holidays, as well!

So that is all that is involved in making your own Cranberry Orange Sauce! There is just no good reason, not to make your own! 5 minutes of preparation and 10 minutes to cook. When the sauce is done cooking and some of the cranberries have burst, put the sauce directly into the bowl that you would like to serve it in! Once it gels, it&rsquos best not to move it, until the day you serve it. (And it saves one more step and multiple dishes to wash!)

I hope you like the recipe today for this grownup version of Boozy Cranberry Orange Sauce! Let me know if you like the recipe in the comments below! Don&rsquot forget to sign up to my newsletter, so that you don&rsquot miss any new recipes! Only 1 email per week, on Fridays! Sign up form is below!