I love homemade cranberry sauce. I find the stuff that comes out of a jar too sweet, more like jam than anything else. And it’s served cold. In my opinion a cranberry sauce needs to be slightly tart, with a hint of orange and warming spices, and served warm – definitely served warm.
This recipe is so easy to make that you can do it whilst the turkey is in, as I did last year. It only takes a few minutes and will add to the delicious smells coming from the kitchen. However, it is also great to make ahead. You could freeze it if you make it well ahead, but it will keep well in the fridge for up to a week.
If you have any left after the big day then it’s great on sandwiches. I particularly like it between granary bread with left over stuffing, maybe a little turkey and a few baby spinach leaves.
If you want quite a chunky sauce then wait for the first few cranberries to pop, which will take 5-10 minutes then take the sauce off the heat. If you want it less chunky then cook it for a further 5-10 minutes before removing it from the heat. Be aware that the sauce will thicken as it cools so don’t worry if it looks a little thin while it’s cooking. If it’s looking too thick you could let it down with a little more clementine juice or port.
Ruby red and jewel like, this cranberry sauce is super easy to make and will taste brilliant with whichever bird you choose to serve on Christmas Day.
- 200 g (2 cups) cranberries
- 2 juiced clementines
- 70 g (2/3 cup) light brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Port (optional)
Place the cranberries, clementine juice, sugar, spices and port if using, into a small pan and bring to the boil.
Put the lid on, turn the heat down and simmer, stirring occasionally.
When the berries are popped to your liking remove from the heat, give it a quick stir, then pour into a bowl if serving immediately or cool and place in the fridge or freezer.