Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is so very easy to make and it so much nicer then the bought jars you will wonder why you never tried before.

I make mine in advance of Christmas day, although you can make a smaller amount very quickly on the day.  This recipe makes about 6 x 500g jars. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. Sometimes I find the frozen more convenient as they will keep in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

You will need:

  • 2 Oranges – juice and zest
  • 680g Caster Sugar
  • 1600g Cranberries
  • 4 Eating Apples peeled, cored and finely chopped

Method:

  • Dissolve the sugar in a roomy pan with the orange juice over a low heat.

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  • Add the cranberries, zest and apples. Stir and gently bring to the boil.

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  • Once boiling and the fruit has started to soften mash with a potato masher and simmer for about 45mins or until the sauce has thickened and it looks like jam.
  • Meanwhile prepare your jars and lids by washing in hot soapy water, ‘cooking’ the jars in the oven at a low heat (100 degrees) for about 15mins to sterilize and I like to sterilize the lids by pouring boiling water into and over the lids just before placing on the sauce filled jars.
  • Once the sauce and jars are ready, carefully fill the hot jars with the hot sauce and secure a hot lid on straight away.
  • Care must be taken at all times as everything is very hot!
  • Leave the jars to cool completely before labelling and storing for the big day!

Cranberry sauce is not only great with turkey, but also with chicken and with brie!

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Blackberry Syrup

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With Blackberries in abundance at the moment, it is all system go to pick them and use them before they disappear for another year.

Personally I don’t think you can beat the flavour of wild Blackberries, cultivated ones, to me, taste a bit too sharp.

I started making Blackberry Syrup a few years ago, I use it as I would any other syrup, in a steam sponge pudding, as a topping for ice cream or yogurt, and in baking in general.

Here is my recipe, it is very similar to jam making, except it isn’t set like jam. Continue reading “Blackberry Syrup”