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Cranberry, Port and Orange Sauce

This easy-to-make Cranberry, Orange and Port Sauce can be enjoyed hot or cold and will have you shunning shop-bought ones for ever more. Enjoy with your Christmas turkey, or chicken, or with cheese.

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Once you’ve had this cranberry sauce for your Christmas dinner you’ll never go back to a shop-bought one. This is fresh, tart and boozy with a lovely orange-scented aroma. It’s also very easy.

If you want a large quantity of cranberry sauce, simply double the ingredients and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

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500g cranberries
200g caster sugar
100ml water
1 orange, zest and juice (you need 100ml juice)
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
80ml port, tawny or ruby

Essential kit

You will need 3x 300ml sterilised jars.


Put the cranberries in a large, heavy-bottomed pan with the caster sugar, water, orange zest, orange juice and cinnamon and bring to the boil.

Wait and listen for the cranberries to pop, about 5-10 minutes. When they have started to open and soften, give them a wee mash to let out all the pectin so that the sauce thickens.

Stir in the port and cook on a moderate heat for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Remove from the heat, ladle into warm, dry, sterilised jars and seal.

Best eaten straight away. Once opened, keep in the fridge and eat within 1-2 weeks.

Watch how to make the recipe:

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