Baked brandied cranberries sauce is a lovely and super easy recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You will never buy canned cranberries anymore!
Last year, I received a jar of these baked brandied cranberries sauce from my good friend, Audrey. Audrey “adopted” me long time ago, when I arrived to United States.
She shared with me, over the years, many of her favorite recipes for the holidays. Some of these recipes also became part of my Thanksgiving collection that we cherish and love so much.
As I do not like to use a lot of cans and processed ingredients in my cooking, the idea of using a can of cranberries for Thanksgiving did not seat well with me. When I tasted this wonderful recipe, I decided that the recipe will be made and re-made every year.
This year, the sauce is incorporated into my growing recipe collection for Thanksgiving. It is a lovely and super easy recipe to make.
It is so easy to make that you have no excuse to keep buying that can of cranberry sauce from the store! Why? Because cranberries are here for a short period of time and it makes total sense to take advantage of them and use them in any way you can.
Suggestions for recipes that use cranberries:
The recipe is made with cranberries, sugar, brandy(yes, there is alcohol involved) and an orange. Cranberries are mixed with sugar and orange juice, then placed in a 9x13inch baking dish, covered with aluminum foil and baked for an hour.
The alcohol is added at the end, when the cranberries come out of the oven. The cranberry sauce is then put in pint jars. The result is a delicious cranberry sauce that keeps in the refrigerator for a long time and goes well with all kind of meats.
Note to this recipe: I used to bake the cranberries with sugar, orange zest and brandy together. While it never happened to me, I received a comment on this recipe that oven door blew open few times during the baking process.
I am not an expert to tell you why this happened, but my common sense tells me that alcohol vapors and ovens are not a good idea, therefore I modified the recipe to make it safer and avoid any issues later.
Happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!
- 12 oz (one) bag of fresh cranberries
- Optional: zest from one orange
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- juice from one orange
- 1 cup brandy
- Preheat oven at 350F.
- In a medium bowl mix cranberries with sugar, orange zest and orange juice.
- Place the mixture on a 9x13inch pan and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for one hour.
- Remove the pan from the oven, uncover and let rest 3-4 minutes.
- Add brandy and stir everything together.
- Pour into pint jars and store in the refrigerator.