Saturday, December 11, 2010

Electric Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Apricots

Aside from being easy to serve, canned, jellied cranberry sauce has this redeeming quality: eating it is such good-tasting fun that you forget it doesn’t have any other redeeming qualities. I confess, with just the right amount of righteous guilt, to being a big fan of the stuff.

Still, with Christmas dinner barreling toward us at high speed and us staring at it like a reindeer in the headlights, it seems as good a time as any for "electric cranberry sauce with apples and apricots." It's a delicious, easy, and just a bit grown-up cranberry sauce I think you’ll like.

In a cup or small bowl, soak ½ cup of chopped dried apricots in 1/3 cup of brandy while you prepare the other ingredients. (It's this touch of brandy that gives this sauce both its deep taste and the word "electric" in its name.)

Combine 2 cups of cranberries, 1 large chopped apple, the juice and zest of one orange, 1/2 cup of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg in a saucepan. Heat it to boiling, then reduce it to a simmer until the cranberries are tender and start to burst, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water, and mix into the cranberry mixture, cooking until thickened. Add the apricots, including the brandy, and heat until cooked through and the smell of alcohol subsides, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add additional sugar to taste. (I've found adding another 3 tablespoons works for me, but you may like more or less.)

If you’d like a cookbook style, notebook-ready copy of this recipe, just let me know in a comment or e-mail and it will be on its way, guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.

See you next week! Till then, stay well, keep it about the food, and always remember to kiss the cook. ;-)


  1. Sounds good Ben! Been taking a bit of a break from cookin' and bloggin' so now I have to catch up on the cool stuff you've been making. Might try this one on with the Xmas turkey. I always enjoy an interesting cranberry sauce.


  2. Thanks, Sandra, and I'm glad to see you back! I hope you will give this a try. I'm on my second batch and still loving it. lol

    Happy holidays!

  3. Merry Xmas Ben! Check out my blog for a tribute!

  4. Many thanks, Sandra! :-) I'm so glad you like it. I'm a great fan of your blog as well, and I hope readers will check it out. (

  5. MMM cranberry sauce! I love love your additions!!