So yes you can rush out and buy a jar of cranberry sauce, but it’s equally easy to rush out and buy a pack of cranberries, and this yummy sauce will not only adorn your Christmas plate with its gorgeousness, but also scent your home so delightfully it could put Yankee Candles to shame. You can use all port if you haven’t got any Cointreau (English Dad got a bit sniffy about me using his posh Taylor’s, hence the addition of Cointreau), but it does give a nice orangey zing. The chilli is, of course, completely optional.
You will need:
1 pack cranberries (or you can use frozen) – about 250g should do it
100g brown sugar
1 orange, zested then juiced
1 cinnamon stick
60ml Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
Just pop all the ingredients into a saucepan:
… and simmer away for about 20 minutes. Remember that cranberries have VERY high pectin, so even if you think it’s not thick enough, take it off the heat as it will thicken up as it cools. Don’t forget to fish out the cinnamon stick.
Pour into a sterilised jam jar (dishwasher cycle or a good wash up and a thorough drenching with boiling water) and pop on a lid (it should just about fill one jar). And that’s it! Make double and give as a present, or just use yourself on Christmas day.