The one thing I never thought about making from scratch before the Real Whole food switch was Cranberry sauce. We only eat it a couple of times a year. And to be honest, my Hubby and I are not fans of it. However, I have 3 amazing daughters that are. So, I have spent the past 2 yrs trying different recipes and failing BADLY to make a sauce that I would actually want to serve. My daughters’ only criteria was that it had to be gelled and taste as close to the canned stuff as possible. This year I achieved it! My daughters LOVED it!
It was so incredibly difficult and hard to make. Seriously, I broke a sweat and thought about calling it quits several times because the recipe was just so involved! It is one of the most complicated recipes I have ever made!
Read on if you are brave enough and want to try it out….
12 oz Cranberries
1 to 1 1/2 cups Maple syrup (PURE…not the pancake syrup knock off)
2 Tbs dehydrated Orange peels (Can be found in the spice isle of most grocery stores)
Pot with a lid
Fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth
Spoon or spatula
2 Pint size containers
Put the cranberries in the pot and add the maple syrup. If you want a sweeter cranberry sauce add the 1 1/2 cups of maple syrup. If you want it less sweet, add 1 cup of maple syrup. The choice is yours.
Next add the orange peels.
Put the lid on the pot covering it almost 100% and heat on med.
Stir occasionally. You will notice the cranberries will burst open from the heat.
Continue to heat until the cranberry sauce thickens.
Next strain the cranberries through a strainer into a container until the seeds and pulp are the only thing left in the strainer.
Place it into the fridge until it cools completely. It will turn into a gel like consistency.
I personally empty the pulp and seeds into another container to use later…cranberry orange muffins, pancakes, waffles, bread. Yeah, my imagination is pretty endless for the pulp…
There you go, the incredibly difficult, hard to make, very involved, and one of the most complicated recipes you will ever make.
Man, I need a glass of wine and a massage after this one!