Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon is made by simmering whole fresh cranberries in water and sugar, then adding a pinch of cinnamon for a holiday taste. Ready in less than 15 minutes. Three simple ingredients and tastier than the jellied store-bought cranberry sauce. A perfect holiday side that pairs excellently with turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, or lamb roast!
The holiday baking continues today with fresh cranberry sauce!
Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner staple. so today I've perfected the fresh cranberry sauce that we'll be enjoying every Thanksgiving and Christmas from here on out. This recipe adds a few pinches of cinnamon at the very end for a lovely little holiday warmth.
My mini-mini chef made her debut in the kitchen today helping me make this. I love getting my kids in the kitchen to learn that cooking is fun. I enjoy teaching them the value in creating your own recipes and to appreciate homemade cooking. What better time to start learning this value than at Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving dinner in my house is never complete without cranberry sauce. Other than turkey and this mouth-watering sun-dried tomato basil bread, cranberry sauce is the only other thing that is absolute must.
Seriously though, I think if someone forgot it our house might just look like the UFC.
Fresh cranberry sauce is incredibly simple to make and so much tastier than the jellied stuff you buy in the store. Many years ago we used to serve the canned cranberry sauce, and we loved it. If you think canned cranberry sauce is delicious, then you don't know what you're in for with the fresh sauce!
This cranberry sauce recipe uses only 3 simple ingredients:
- fresh cranberries
Making fresh cranberry sauce does require a lot of sugar, which I try to avoid in recipes. But it's a must to counter the tartness of the cranberries.
However, the white sugar in this recipe is better than the loads of high fructose corn syrup and fructose in the store jellied sauce. Not to mention, cranberry sauce stuck in the shape of a can. 😉
When helping me cook, my kids always work as taste-tasters, too, which is the most fun part for them. Much to my surprise, my 5 year old loved this fresh cranberry sauce. I blame it on the sugar!
To make it, first boil the sugar and water over high heat.
It takes around 2 minutes for the water and sugar to form a thick paste-like liquid.
Once this happens, add the cranberries and simmer for 10 minutes. Most of them will pop at this point. Stir occasionally as it's simmering.
Then remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish. Add a few pinches of cinnamon, taste, and add more if desired.
Be careful with cinnamon! A little goes a long way. The most valuable lesson I learned from my fantastic cook of a grandma was that you can always add but you cannot take away!
🍲 Serving and Storing
Fresh cranberry sauce can be made the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas and kept stored in the fridge until ready to serve.
Whether you serve this warm, cold, or room temperature is your choice. I like to warm mine just a little bit in the microwave so it's slightly above room temperature. To me the warm cranberries bring out the sweetness of the recipe and help the cinnamon to shine a little more.
I also like to put fresh cranberry sauce on the table with cinnamon on the side for those who'd like to add some more spice to it. You can also substitute or compliment the cinnamon with other winter warming spices, like nutmeg or cloves.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 package)
- 2 pinches cinnamon
- In a large saucepan heat water and sugar on high heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Add cranberries and simmer on medium for 10 minutes, until most cranberries pop. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat to serving bowl and add 2 pinches cinnamon (optional).
If you loved this fresh cranberry sauce, let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!