Traditional Cranberry Sauce

Amy Massey
by Amy Massey
6 Servings
35 min

Not only is making your own homemade cranberry sauce a fun, festive and rewarding thing to do, it tastes so much fresher than the store bought versions. This cranberry sauce recipe is surprisingly easy to make and is the perfect accompaniment to a turkey with all the trimmings this Christmas. What's more it can be made in advance and frozen for 3 weeks before you intend to use it, giving you less things to worry about preparing on the big day!

This homemade traditional Cranberry sauce dish beats any store bought version you have used previously.

Freshly squeezed orange juice is simmered with warming festive spices.

Ripe and juicy red cranberries are a necessity for this dish.

The cranberries are slowly cooked down in the orange juice and spices until they have softened and become a jammy texture.

Then brown sugar is added to the mixture to balance the sharpness of the cranberries.

Traditional Cranberry Sauce
Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • The juice and zest of 2 large oranges
  • 600g fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 300g light soft brown sugar, plus more to taste if required

Place the orange juice, zest and spices in a large heavy based saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.
Add the cranberries and mix well, then leave to cook until they become a jammy type of texture. This will take around 10 minutes.
Add the brown sugar and mix well, then leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste and adjust the sweetness if required with more sugar, then remove from the heat and serve, or leave to cool before freezing.