Cranberry Sauce

Where are the can indentations?

I saw a commercial the other day with a can of cranberry sauce as the main character. The mold of the can was perfect and the final parting shot was of a smooth uniform slice being carved off the gelatinous mess to the delight of all those around the table. It took all my strength not to hurl the remote through the television.

I love cranberry sauce, heck I use it as jelly spread over biscuits and toast. Of course any edible cranberry sauce is always made from real berries and has lumps and chunks in it as nature intended. Plus it’s easy to make, maybe not as easy as opening a can, but trust me the few minutes extra effort creates something you want to eat instead of on a dare.

Brandied Cranberry Sauce

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ fresh orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Pour cranberries in a 9×13 baking dish. Mix in orange zest. Sprinkle sugar over evenly. Pour brandy and juice over evenly. Mix everything together until sugar dissolves. Bake for 1 hour until cranberries are soft. Remove from oven and roughly mash with ricer or fork. Pour into serving bowl and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

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19 Responses to Cranberry Sauce

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  2. midaevalmaiden says:

    As young children my brother and I always got a big kick out of eating a ‘can’ Or so we used to pretend that cranberry sause was. 🙂 Now a day I use your method using only real berries. But adding Brandy is new to me. I’ll do that next time.

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  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I dunno, Greg. These cranberries sound really special and I’m surprised that you’d consider swapping them out. Their “substitute” would have to be mighty good. Then again, if anyone could find a worthy replacement, it would be you two.

  5. Yum, I love cranberry sauce with everything too! The brandy is a great addition – Thanks!

  6. nrhatch says:

    I just popped this dish in the oven! I didn’t have any brandy, so I used Maple Mist (a maple flavored liquor) instead. Fingers crossed . . .

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  12. sallybr says:

    Greg, can you tell me if you warm it up a little before serving? I am never sure how to proceed with the cranberry sauce. I like the fact this recipe is baked, I could make it tonight and not have to worry about it tomorrow….

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