Cranberry Sauce

by Melissa on December 7, 2008

I wanted to try making homemade cranberry sauce this year, and this recipe from Williams Sonoma looked very promising. This is so easy to make and the flavor was fantastic, I only wish I had tried this sooner. We did still have canned cranberry sauce for my picky husband, but even he said this “was pretty good”.


Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, pippin or McIntosh
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Squeeze the juice from the orange and set the juice aside. Remove and discard the membrane from inside the orange rind and cut the rind into small dice. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rind and the water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and set the rind aside.

Peel, core and quarter the apple. Cut into 1/2-inch dice and place in a saucepan. Sort the cranberries, discarding any soft ones. Add to the apples along with the orange juice, orange rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan partially. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, the apple is tender and the cranberries have burst, 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the cranberry sauce to a heatproof bowl and let cool for 1 hour before serving. Or cover and refrigerate; bring to room temperature before serving. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a sauceboat and pass at the table. Makes 3 1/2 to 4 cups.

Recipe from Williams Sonoma.

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joelen December 9, 2008 at 11:55 am

This looks great and I love the sweet and tartness of cranberries


Haunani November 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for keeping it simple.


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