Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fresh and Simple Christmas Cranberry Sauce

Making fresh cranberry sauce makes me feel like I'm doing something really good. I don't know why. It just tastes good, and makes everything on the plate more festive. My advice is to avoid those cans of jellied cranberry which are PACKED with sugar and syrup--and make your fresh stuff the night before. You will love it. Also, if you are watching carbs, you can easily cut down on the sugar content. Try this recipe. When I have a table full of family and friends or if I plan to serve it on my open house buffet table, I double the recipe.

12 ounces of fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup of sugar (OR 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup Splenda)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
pinch of cinnamon 
pinch of nutmeg

Bring water, sugar (or sugar and Splenda), and spices to a boil over medium heat. Add cranberries and bring back up to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until the water has reduced somewhat. Ladle into a bowl and refrigerate.
Make it the night before--the color is beautiful!

Santa is taking his bath and getting ready! 
What are you dreaming of for Christmas?


  1. This sounds delicious! I have a cranberry sauce recipe that I love but yours inspires me to add some cinnamon and nutmeg!

  2. Well, aren't you Martha Stewart! Looks delicious!