Crazily Good Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This is my version. It’s so good I can’t explain. Don’t ever bother to buy cranberry sauce again, it’s so easy to make and utterly, unctuously fabulous. It’s dark and complex from the brown sugar, clementines and port and, I think, just sweet enough. 

The recipe is simple enough for children to easily make, providing you oversee the hot bits. Put it into miniature Kilner jars, tie it up with a ribbon and take it along as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner gift; serve straight from the jar.

Eat with turkey, pork, on its own!

Blend up any leftover sauce and use a teaspoon or two to sweeten and add complexity to gravy.

A spoonful alongside a couple of digestives biscuits and a slice of cheese is a perfect evening snack.

Serves 8

  • 300g fresh cranberries
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 60ml port
  • 60ml water
  • 3 clementines or satsumas, zested and juiced


  1. Put your cranberries, sugar, port and water, clementine zest and juice in a pan over a low heat. Use a reasonably sized pan.
  2. Gently heat until the berries start to pop (you’ll hear and see them). Don’t be tempted to cook on too high a heat as the popping berries can explode with scalding juice, hence the use of a decent sized pan.   The mixture will look quite liquid, but this is fine, it will thicken as it cools.
  3. Bash them roughly about with a wooden spoon until you achieve a consistency you like. If you’re feeling feeble, use a potato masher. Remember, texture is good here – you don’t want a jam.
  4. Taste when it’s cool; because of the sugar content its likely to be tongue-searingly hot. If you find it over sweet, add a squeeze of lime.
  5. Serve.

Time 10 minutes

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