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The easiest homemade cranberry sauce around! Only 5 ingredients makes a fresh cranberry sauce with hints of rich vanilla.
Cranberry sauce is a staple recipe during the holiday season. Yes you can buy canned cranberry sauce to give yourself one less thing to do, but homemade sauce tastes amazing and is easier than you may think!
Homemade fruit sauces are one of my favorite things to make. We’ve made strawberry sauce, raspberry sauce and a sour cherry sauce (that we’ve put on a black forest cake!). Fruit sauces are so easy to make using fresh or frozen fruit…and they’re delicious served as a topping…or in this case as a holiday centerpiece to serve with turkey or ham.
You can use fresh or frozen cranberries in this cranberry sauce recipe. Every now and then it is difficult to find fresh cranberries in the store. In this case, use frozen berries. Cranberries freeze beautifully so you won’t have any issue with freshness. Your cranberry sauce will taste delicious either way.
For basic cranberry sauce you’ll need the following:
Butter? Yes. Trust me. I love the little touch of flavor it adds!
Some recipes add spices, some add other fruits. For this recipe, we’re keeping it simple and basic so the cranberries can be the center of attention.
You’ll make this cranberry sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop.
We find that this cranberry sauce is pretty thick and perfect for topping your favorite meat or dessert.
If for some reason the sauce is too runny for your liking, mix a teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water in a small bowl (this is called a cornstarch slurry). Then add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce. Mix over low heat until the sauce starts to thicken.
You can serve cranberry sauce whatever way you’d like but we like to serve cranberry sauce more towards room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before serving to take the chill off. I’ve eaten served all three ways…warm, hot and cold!
Yes! Cranberry sauce will keep about a week in the refrigerator. Refrigerate after it cools down from cooking and store in an airtight container.
You can freeze cranberry sauce, but it may become a little watery after it defrosts.
If you have leftover cranberry sauce, here are a few ideas of ways to use it up!