I would love to be bringing you my mother’s cranberry sauce recipe but unfortunately and despite my very best efforts, I’m unable to. You see, it has to be made with either fresh or frozen cranberries and while that might seem simple enough, it actually isn’t – not in this part of the world, anyway. Fresh cranberries aren’t available and as for the frozen, there was a company that sold frozen cranberries that we used successfully but this year I’ve found they’ve deleted them from their line. So annoying!
But Aussies don’t go down without a fight and so I endeared myself to the dried variety. Being dried they are not as colourful as their fresh and frozen cousins and so you don’t get that vibrant, crimson hue to your sauce. But the flavour is still there and I’ve come up with a recipe that spices these up and would be just wonderful on your Christmas table with turkey or other poultry or served as an appetiser with a slice of brie
Last month Claire organised a Foodie Secret Santa. I had three bloggers to send a gift to and I sent them this spiced cranberry sauce. I hope they can use this sauce at their Christmas events.
In the Secret Santa I received some wonderful home-baked gifts. Claire sent me a beautifully presented gift box filled with some choc-crunch cookies that have a wonderful flavour and texture and have been quite an after-dinner treat. She also included a rosemary lemon salt in a gorgeous jar that will be lovely for roasting lamb, chicken or vegetables.
I also received some lovely honey mustard for my Christmas ham. Perfect timing as I’m cooking a ham on Christmas Eve.
Today in the post I received another gift; some shortbread, almond butter crunch and fruity Christmas biscotti. I have no idea who sent them but I love the way the gifts were packaged – gorgeous swing tickets.
If you’d like to make your own cranberry sauce, here’s a recipe that works if you can only source dried cranberries. It tastes better with resting so best to make this a few days ahead of the big day. As it cooks it sends a wonderful aroma through the kitchen and certainly let’s you know, the festive season is well and truly upon us.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Makes: 6 cups
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: Medium expense. It really depends how much you have to pay for the cranberries. I paid $20/kg for dried cranberries.
- 6 cups dried cranberries
- juice of 4 oranges
- zest of 2 oranges
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 large green apples peeled, cored and diced (I used Granny Smith)
- 2/3 cup masala
- 1 tbspn freshly grated ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 tspn nutmeg
- 1/4 tspn ground cloves
Place cranberries in a colander and rinse. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and pour over hot water. Allow to rest for an hour.
Drain cranberries and place in a large saucepan with the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thick and syrupy.
Taste. If too sweet, add more lemon juice. If too tart, add more sugar.
Pour into sterilised jars and seal.
Do hop over to Claire’s blog to see what other goodies were given in the Foodie Secret Santa.
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