We are fortunate enough to live near a beautiful bog that we love to explore in every season. In the fall you can find wild cranberries there (see our pictures below). When I find food in the wild, it generates a similar feeling in me as when I grow my own food. It inspires me to put so much more care and attention into each dish I create.
I love recipes that are easy, healthy and delicious, and still contain a little something extra that makes them feel special. This recipe is all of those things. It includes so few ingredients, but they compliment each other so perfectly, a bit tart and and a bit sweet.
I hope this will become a fall favorite for your family!
Maple Cranberry Sauce
Pottery by Karaku
Makes about 2 cups. Recipe can be halved.
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 heaping cups cranberries (or ~1 lb)
- 1 orange
- seasonal spices - such as 1&1/2 tsp cinnamon (or one stick), 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of cloves
- Wash cranberries and remove any debris, add to a small pan.
- Add water and maple syrup into the small pan. Add in the juice of one orange. Add any of your favorite seasonal spices, and stir to incorporate.
- Add cranberries.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, simmer until most cranberries have popped and the sauce starts to thicken (8-12 min).
- Sauce will thicken up as it cools.
Pour water then maple syrup right into the measuring cup together, making sure the total is 1.5 cups. This leaves a little less maple syrup to lick out of measuring cup.
Periodically scrape down the top edges of the sauce so it doesn't scorch around the edge.