I grew up eating the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. I’ve always been a big fan of it, because it’s all that I knew. My Mom used to run a knife around the edge so that the Cranberry Sauce would come perfectly, with the can indent around it and all. My Aunt used to make a Cranberry Relish during the holidays and I used to turn my nose up at it which was typical. I grew up being a very picky eater. I’m still picky to an extent, but it’s not quite as bad. The last couple weeks of my CSA, we got Fresh Cranberries. I didn’t know what to make with them, so I decided that I should try to make some real Cranberry Sauce. Not that canned jellied kind. So I was looking at some recipes, but nothing really jumped out at me. So I decided to put a bunch of ideas from the recipes together to see how it would turn out. And it’s done in 5 Ingredients!
- 12 oz fresh Cranberries, washed
- 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Orange Juice (about 3-4 oranges) + zest of 1 Orange
- 2 Tablespoons Brandy
Juice the oranges and pour the orange juice into a pot.
Add in the Brown Sugar, Sugar, and Orange Zest.
Add in the Cranberries.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce to a simmer.
Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The Cranberries will burst, but some will stay whole.
Remove from the Heat.
I will say that the Brandy gave it a bit of a kick! I could really taste it. If you’d rather not have such a strong Brandy taste, I’d suggest putting the Brandy in with the Orange Juice and letting it cook out a bit. Since I added it in at the end it’s a bit more potent. But I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I think a little bit of Grand Marnier would have really been good, but I didn’t have any on hand. I was happy with this recipe though! It had just enough sweetness to it.