Disguised Jam

Better late than never, it may seem odd to bring you a recipe for cranberry sauce post Christmas day, however there is a method to my madness as this relates to my next post: Cranberry & White Chocolate Pie.


This is the same sauce that I make every year in the run up to Christmas, it’s sweet, tart & spiced (& contains alcohol just for good measure).Β I honestly cannot imagine my Christmas turkey without its sweet partner in crime. Admittedly I even forgot to make the brussel sprouts this year but this can be forgiven, lack of sauce however, cannot.


I always make a double quantity of this ruby condiment, some for feasting with Christmas dinner & a weeks worth of turkey & stuffing sandwiches. The rest is reserved for experimenting, mainly due to that fact than when you get right down to it, cranberry sauce is essentially a jam in disguise (also, we have Cranberries in abundance at this time of year, burrito boy loves them).Β So better late than never, here’s my trusty recipe for a flavourful cranberry sauce.




  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100 ml orange juice
  • 250g cranberries
  • 1 star anise
  • 50ml red wine


  • Place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan
  • Slowly melt the ingredients together before bringing to the boil
  • Leave the mixture to simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, after which the cranberries will have burst & the sauce will start to thicken
  • Pour into sterilised jars & leave to cool



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