I love cranberry sauce and this year for Christmas I have made my very own homemade cranberry sauce. This sauce is so quick and easy to make and there is so many ways you can make it. I decided to make mine using orange juice for a slightly sweet citrus taste, as I don’t like my cranberry sauce too sweet and sickly, especially with my roast turkey.
Cranberry sauce is a sauce or condiment that is traditionally eaten with Christmas dinner in the UK. I personally associate cranberry sauce as a Christmas time food and find myself binge eating a jar throughout the month of December.
We love a roast dinner in our house and we must have a roast at least 2-3 times a month during the autumn/winter, because why not?! Sunday is our family day and my Husband always requests a roast chicken, beef or lamb. Although, roast chicken has to be our favourite and cranberry sauce goes so well with white meat and all the trimmings, potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, vegetables and even my favourite sage and onion stuffing balls!
Now, I have mentioned how much I love eating cranberry sauce with my roast dinners but I have a little secret, I also LOVE cranberry sauce in my cheese toasties! I love the melted cheese sandwiched with the cranberry sauce when it is all warm and sweet. I know I can’t be the only one?! If you love cranberry sauce then you have to try it in your next cheese toastie! It will make you feel all sorts of warm, christmas feels!
I can’t wait for Christmas dinner this year and I will have a jar of my homemade cranberry sauce at the ready!
So here it is, my quick and easy recipe for Homemade Smooth Cranberry Sauce…
(makes 300g – fills 2 150ml jars)
150grams White Sugar
100ml Smooth Orange Juice (I used Tropicana)
In a saucepan, over a medium heat, melt the sugar into the orange juice
Add the cranberries and leave until the berries start to pop, this will take about 5-10 minutes
Remove the saucepan and leave to cool, this will allow the cranberries and juice to thicken
If you would like a smooth sauce then put the cranberries into a blender or food processor and pulse/lightly blend until you have the consistency you would like but if you prefer a bit of texture then skip the blending part
Spoon out the cranberry sauce into two clean and dry 150ml glass jars with lids
Allow the sauce to cool completely and put into the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 month!
Remember to use a freezer-safe jar or freezer bags and date them so you know how long to keep them for.
How do you like to make your cranberry sauce? What is your favourite sauce/condiment with your Christmas dinner?
Check out my last recipe, quick and easy Homemade Mince Pies, a perfect sweet treat to enjoy with the whole family!