Baked brandied cranberry sauce is a lovely and super easy recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You will never buy canned cranberries anymore!
Why Do I Like This Recipe
A few years ago, I received a jar of these baked brandied cranberry sauce from my good friend, Audrey. Audrey "adopted" me a long time ago, when I arrived in the 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, which 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 sit well with me.
When I tasted this wonderful recipe, I decided that the recipe would be made and re-made every year.
Since I received this recipe from my good friend, I incorporated it 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.
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How to make
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 9x13-inch 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 kinds of meats.
I used brandy, but you can use any alcohol you like. It could be an orange liquor, for example.
Some recipes bake the alcohol together with the rest of the ingredients in the oven. I do not recommend it, but if you do it, keep the oven door open for the first 10 minutes so the alcohol evaporates.
I heard some horror stories about mini explosions inside the oven while making this recipe, so I prefer to add the alcohol at the end of the baking process to be safe. Better be safe than sorry, as they say, right?
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Baked Brandied Cranberries Sauce
- 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 to 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.