It is hard to believe Christmas is here, it arrived so fast, didn't it? This Christmas marks the first year I have ever made homemade Cranberry Sauce. I was not going to post it, but DH insisted. You see, I'm just not a cranberry sauce fan. Never have been. I thought I might like it homemade - nope. Although, the color sure is pretty. DH loves it and so does my daughter so post it I will. UPDATE: I made this sauce 2 days ahead of time - it gelled perfectly. At our Christmas dinner, I decided to try it once more. Not sure what happened, but yes, I am a cranberry sauce Convert! It was to die for! Think I will be making cranberry sauce each holiday from now on, it is worth making, hope you enjoy!
Also with this post, I really wanted to say thank you to all of the readers, who left kind and encouraging comments, all of the readers who have supported my blog. In just a short nine months, I have connected with many wonderful people. It has really been a fun journey. Thank you for sharing, and for following my baby steps along the way.
I wish you all many blessings, a happy, healthy and a delightfully delicious Christmas, as well as a most joyful 2011! Hugs, Ina
12 oz. fresh cranberries
a large fresh pomegranate
(cut the pomegranate in half, hold over a bowl and whack with the back of a spoon to release the seeds)
juice of 1/2 of a pink grapefruit
3/4 cup honey - or more to taste
1/8th cup of water
pinch of: cinnamon, ginger, and cloves - you want a hint of these flavors - adjust to taste
Rinse the cranberries well, then add to a sauce pan with all of the other ingredients. Bring to a simmer, stirring quite frequently. Keep on a simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Using a fine mesh strainer, press the fruit through the sieve. I did this in batches to get the most sauce from the fruit. This can be made a few days ahead of time, as long as it is refrigerated. Also, once this sauce has been refrigerated, it gels up really nicely, no need to add pectin or gelatin.