Crackingly-Easy-To-Make Cranberry Sauce

The Twelve Recipes of Christmas

Dawn: Day Two of Love Food’s 12 Recipes of Christmas brings you a very traditional staple to be found on many Christmastime dinner tables: cranberry sauce. Deliciously tasty and oh-so-easy-to-make.


Andrew: Oh, do tell more!

Dawn: The clue is in the title.


300g fresh cranberries, washed

120ml fresh orange juice (freshly pressed or carton)

120g sugar (any kind)


  • Pour the orange juice and sugar into a medium size saucepan, and place it on a medium heat.
  • Stir the ingredients until the sugar dissolves and steam is rising from the liquid.
  • Add the cranberries and stir into the orangey-sugary mixture.IMG_3286
  • The cranberries will begin to make popping sounds and will gradually start to ferment. Keep stirring the ingredients for about 10 minutes. The sauce will not become thick like jam but with retain it’s luscious runny constituency with many of the fruits holding their whole plumpness.
  • Set aside and when cool enough, pot in sterile jars and store.IMG_3377

Dawn: These ingredients make two jars and with the second jar, I added one and a half tablespoons of pomegranate sauce. This adds an extra dimension of sticky sweetness to the poppingly-good-googiness of the cranberry sauce.

Andrew: And tastes great on both warm and cold meats.

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Christmassy Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce – traditionally accompanying the roast turkey on Christmas Day, it’s rarely regarded as the great all-round year perfect partner for white meats that it is, adding an air of vibrancy and a tart taste to sandwiches, too.


450g of fresh cranberries, washed

500g of sugar (any kind)

330ml of water

1 orange


  • Grate or pare the rind from the orange, avoiding carrying the white pith off it. Juice the juice from the orange.
  • Place the orange rind, cranberries and sugar in a saucepan adding the water.
  • Bring the ingredients to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst.

Dawn: At this point, I taste the mixture and slowly add the orange juice as I prefer a hint of orange rather than an overwhelming explosion of orangey flavours. 

Andrew: That’s a good tip, Dawn…

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