Erik’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

2010-03-08T13:16:38+00:00Food, Recipes|

I had the pleasure of dining with Erik earlier this year for Canadian Thanksgiving. Yes, we Canucks celebrate “Turkey Day” much earlier than my American friends. I suppose we need the additional time to digest before the big event in December. But I digress.

So back to Erik, my new favorite Turkey Day dining buddy. Erik, a retired elementary school teacher, has been bitten by the culinary bug during his time away from school bells and report cards. During dinner he introduced me to his scholarly homemade cranberry sauce recipe. Since I’ve only ever had cranberry sauce out of a can, I was stunned by the deliciousness of fresh cranberries mixed with sweet pears and a hint of anise. Needless to say, I’ll never spend my dollars dining on canned cranberry sauce again. And neither should you.

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After giving Erik an A+ on his cranberry contributions, I begged him to share the secrets to his sauce. Being the sly Fox that I am, I have full permission to post the recipe for you. The ingredients are simple and the instructions are straightforward. It’s basically a three-step process to make the perfect homemade cranberry sauce. Hopefully, the results won’t send you to the Principal’s office.


  • 1 bag cranberries
  • 2 pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or less)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • zest from one orange
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 1/2 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick


1. In a pot bring the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, honey, anise, and cinnamon to a boil. Simmer carefully for 3-6 minutes. Let sugars melt together.

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2. Add cranberries to the mixture and simmer for 2 minutes. The cranberries will make a popping sound as they simmer.

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3. Add pears to the mixture and simmer the sauce until the cranberries have reached desired tenderness.

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Enjoy fresh cranberry sauce with dinner!

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A huge thank you to Erik for introducing me to this recipe. Another huge thank you to my sister-in-law Kate for the Thanksgiving invite and for sharing her father’s talent with the family.

Your Turn: Do you make your own cranberry sauce or are you stuck in a can?


  1. Yabby November 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds delish!! How long will it keep sealed in the fridge (or pre-prepared)?

  2. Kerry November 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Yabby! When I make this cranberry sauce it doesn’t last more than a day since we eat it so fast. 🙂 But if you keep it in a sealed container it should be good for up to a week.

  3. Yabby November 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks! Going to the UK for Chrissy this year on the 23rd from Brussels, and not sure if I’ll have time to make it there!

  4. Chiot's Run November 16, 2009 at 7:40 am

    This sounds great! I generally make my own as well. I’ll have to give this recipe a go this year.

  5. Tami December 26, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Awesome recipe! We’ll never eat it from a can again & I can’t believe again what we’ve been missing! Good idea to cut back on the sugar though. Glad you posted the recipe.

  6. Tami November 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you,thank you,thank you! It was the first time I tried to make it homemade, not realizing how GREAT it is & even my kids loved it. Not too sweet, not too tart. Then I lost the recipe a couple years back & I’ve been agonizing ever since! For some reason, when you search homemade cranberry sauce, yours doesn’t come up but now I have it.! And this time, I’m printing it out!

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