Cranberry sauce with port & star anise

Cranberry sauce with port & star anise

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 10

Star anise gives this classic sauce a really Christmassy flavour, and a contemporary update

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
51
protein
0g
carbs
9g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
1g
sugar
6g
salt
0g

Ingredients

  • 250g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • grated zest of 1 orange and the juice of 2 oranges
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 150ml/¼ pint port
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar, or more to taste

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Method

  1. Tip the cranberries into a saucepan, grate in the orange zest then squeeze in the juice. Add the redcurrant jelly, port and star anise and slowly bring to the simmer.
  2. Cook gently over a low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the cranberries have burst and the sauce thickens and looks glossy. You want to end up with a saucy texture rather than a jammy one – you will find fresh cranberries thicken the sauce more readily whereas the frozen cranberries will take a little longer.
  3. Stir in the sugar and taste. Chef Tony Tobin likes the sauce to have enough tartness to make you suck in your cheeks, but add more sugar if you prefer. Cool and then fish out the star anise. The sauce will keep in the fridge in a covered container for 1 week or for 2 months in the freezer.
  4. To serve, take out of the fridge an hour or so before the meal so that it returns to room temperature, then spoon into a serving dish.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2002

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gardener27's picture

Super recipe! I haven't added extra sugar. I love the tartness. I'm freezing it ready for Christmas.

fizzbomb's picture
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fabulous tasting and so easy to make

jojoxmas's picture
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Fab! a complete doddle to make and makes your house smell really christmassy too (potpourri and cooking... what's not to like?) - I've made this for family and sold it at my daughters' Christmas Fair - everyone loves it, a real winner every time.

pamelaquinn62's picture
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This recipe is great, very easy to make and absolutely delicious, it is very very tart though so i added more sugar as suggested. This is going to be an annual favourite , Thank You.

jadavies24's picture
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Wow! This has to be the easiest yet most tasty Cranberry Sauce ever. Will definitely use this recipe from now on.

tonykerr's picture
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Just made this ready for Christmas day, So easy to make and tastes delicious.

sionowain's picture
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Have been making this cranberry sauce every year since it was first published in GF xmas - back in the day!! Really simple to make but so delicious - it's been a must ever since. Nadolig Llawen X

marc883's picture
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This is so tasty and easy to make it's unbelievable. I'm a total novice, but i'm showing this one off on the christmas table. Recommend to anybody.

masterofnothing's picture
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Wow! This is fantastic!

I made the Cranberry and Chilli recipe at the same time, but it wasn't nearly as good as this is!

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