Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary and Pear Brandy

By Bevi
November 7, 2011


Author Notes: I have made a cranberry sauce with rosemary from Fine Cooking for years. Today, with a batch of fresh, local cranberries, I decided to change up the recipe to include pear brandy, although I suspect apple brandy would taste just as good. I used lemon zest to brighten up the sauce, and I am happy with the brightness and fresh taste. Hope you agree!Bevi

Makes: approx 12. ounces of cranberry sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cranberries - local if you can get them - picked though and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Pear Brandy
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • zest 1/2 lemon

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients, except the lemon zest, to a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Cook to the degree of doneness you like in your sauce - I simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes. Take off the heat and immediately add the lemon zest. Stir in and allow to sit. This recipe can be made days in advance.
  2. NB: Cover sauce with either plastic wrap or parchment paper to prevent a "skin" from forming on the surface of the sauce.

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

TheWimpyVegetarian November 8, 2011
I love the magazine Fine Cooking! And this recipe looks wonderful - I love the addition of the pear / apple brandy to it. This one will be at the table come Thanksgiving!
 
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Bevi November 8, 2011
Yay! I hope your crowd loves it!
 
AntoniaJames November 7, 2011
Oh this is fabulous! I just bought some cranberries yesterday, to use in playing with new recipes. I only have apple brandy in the house, so I'll let you know how it works. (I must say, I'm tempted to grate some pear into this. I probably will. Plum brandy might be nice here, as an alternative.) Stay tuned. ;o)
 
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Bevi November 7, 2011
Plum brandy would be really good, I think. And adding pear sounds just about perfect. Let me know the results!
 
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Bevi November 7, 2011
Yes! The original Fine Cooking recipe used fresh orange juice and orange zest.
 
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Bevi November 7, 2011
Yes! The original Fine Cooking recipe used fresh orange juice and orange zest.
 
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Bevi November 7, 2011
Yes! The original Fine Cooking recipe used fresh orange juice and orange zest.