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Here is my cranberry sauce recipe. Delicious and popular during the holiday season, this sauce can also be used as a spread for various other occasions and uses. You must try recipe if you love cranberries!
Why making your own cranberry sauce
There are many reasons to make your own cranberry sauce. Here are the main ones:
- You can have the pleasure to use fresh cranberries.
- You can customize it as you want.
- Less sugar and more simple ingredients.
(Coming soon after revision!)
Cut the sugar
If you want to reduce the sugar content, the best way is by using less maple syrup. You can use 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup. The final result will be more tart, but still great!
Tips to make a good cranberry sauce
Pop the cranberries
It is important to make sure that all the cranberries are popped. By doing this, you will be sure to get a good and thick sauce without unpopped cranberries. I tried without popping them once and the sauce had the same good taste, but the texture was less interesting.
Don’t overcook it
It can be tempting to get the right texture while simmering, but be aware that the sauce will thicken A LOT as it cools. So don’t overcook it and be patient.
Cranberry sauce variations
(Variation photo coming soon!)
In this recipe, it’s possible to use honey instead of maple syrup. Simply use the same amount as indicated in the recipe.
Play with the spices
In this recipe I used a cinnamon stick to add a little sweetness and a bit of spiciness. I also added 2 anises star to add a very light and intricate aftertaste. But you can have fun with your spices and experiment, or simply keep it simple and use none.
If you like a strong orange taste, replace an amount of water by the same amount of orange juice. You can also add orange zest once cooked!
Adjust the thickness
You can easily adjust the thickness of this recipe. To make it a little more liquid, simply use 1/2 cup of water and orange juice instead of 1/3 cup. On the contrary if you want it thicker, use 1/4 cup water and orange juice.
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- 4 cups cranberries (Fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup(s) water
- ¼ cup(s) pressed orange juice (Juice of approximately one orange)
- ¼ cup(s) maple syrup
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Scrape the zest from the orange then squeeze it. If you don't have at least 1/4 of orange juice, you can use orange juice for the missing part.
- Add all the ingredients except the cranberries to a saucepan and mix well.
- Add the cranberries and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once boiling, simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Before you finish cooking, stir the sauce with a wooden spoon to check that all the cranberries are burst. If there are intact cranberries, mash them with the spoon.
- Let cool before serving, the sauce will thicken a lot as it cools.
This recipe is for informational purposes only.