Fabulously festive cranberry sauce recipe

A Christmas dinner plate just isn’t complete without a festive flash of cranberry sauce. What with all the puddings, mince pies and boxes of chocolate, we get quite enough sugar over the Christmas period. Shop-bought cranberry sauces are often loaded with sugar, so making your own is a much healthier option.

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • These jewel-red berries are packed full of phenolic compounds, which can help to prevent bad bacterial overgrowth.


  • 350g fresh (or frozen) cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Zest & juice of one orange
  • Up to 8 tbsp honey/maple syrup for sweetness
  • 250ml water


  1. Put all the ingredients into a heavy-based saucepan. Place a lid on, and slowly bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and stew gently for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. If you want to make the sauce a little thicker once cooked, remove the lid and continue to simmer over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let all the liquid evaporate otherwise you may find the sauce can burn on the bottom of the pan fairly easily.
  3. Allow to cool, remove cinnamon stick, then check for sweetness, adding a touch more honey or syrup if needed.