This is for all you lovely folks who like your Cranberry Sauce smooth, jellied and delivered in slices on your plate. If you’re looking for a traditional lumpy version of Cranberry Sauce, just go here.
This is slightly more convoluted to make than the lumpy version, but it’s much more exciting in the long run because you get this magnificent dome of perfect, beautiful, glistening redness at the end of it. No one will believe you made it yourself. Make it the centerpiece of your holiday table and then floor them by telling them it’s sugar-free to boot.
Hooray for the holidays!
- 12 oz. / 340g fresh cranberries
- 1 cup / 8 fl oz. hot water
- 8 oz. / 225g xylitol
- Put an apron on. Seriously. Cranberry juice stains like the devil.
- Put the cranberries in a pan with the hot water over a high heat and bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid – this is important! – and cook for 5 minutes.
- Carefully pour the cranberries into a blender and blend on high until completely smooth.
- Rinse the pan out and place a sieve over it.
- Push the puréed cranberries through the sieve, using a clean spatula to scrape the purée from the underside.
- Add the xylitol to the cranberry purée and stir well.
- Turn the heat to medium and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring well and often. If you don’t stir you will end up with a lot of super thick gunk on the bottom. We don’t want that.
- Carefully pour the cranberry sauce into a bowl. Whatever bowl you choose is the shape the jellied cranberry sauce will become, so choose carefully. Make sure the bowl is widest at the top otherwise it will be really difficult to slide your jellied cranberry sauce out.
- Leave to cool completely.
- Once cold, gently press around the edge of the sauce to free it from the sides of the bowl.
- Put a plate upside down on the bowl and turn the bowl over so that the plate is now on the bottom.
- You may need to gently push the jellied cranberry sauce to one edge of the bowl before you turn it onto the plate so that it comes out easily.
- Serve as a beautiful glistening jewel on the serving plate or slice.