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Vanilla and Maple Spiked Cranberry AppleĀ Sauce

November  5, 2009
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

This cranberry-apple sauce serves as a Thanksgiving side dish, sandwich spread or compote. A chopped apple lends body and a bit of crunch. Maple syrup and apple cider adds sweetness and eases the tartness of the cranberries. Cinnamon and vanilla offer a warm, mellow undertone. A pinch of orange zest brightens and balances the dish. And a dash of cayenne pepper adds subtle, barely perceptible heat. —mariaraynal

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Place medium heavy saucepan over medium flame. Melt butter, added chopped apple and cinnamon.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Add cranberries, maple syrup and apple cider.
  3. Turn up heat to medium high and cook for 15-20 minutes, until berries burst. Add vanilla, orange zest and cayenne, stir. Place in a pretty bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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5 Reviews

AntoniaJames January 8, 2010
This is so beautiful! Love the cloth underneath, too. I've never thought to use maple syrup in cranberry sauce. It's such a mild, food-friendly sweetener, I think I'll grab a bag of cranberries, while we can still get them, and try this. Soon!
Food B. November 6, 2009
Apples, cider, and maple syrup make this the ideal New England cranberry sauce!
menumaniac November 6, 2009
Sounds like a sweet addition to a savory meal. Maybe I'll make an American Thanksgiving dinner in Windsor, Ontario and try it! :)
rainking November 6, 2009
looks awesome!
aargersi November 6, 2009
YUM. That's all I have to say.