- Cooking spray
- 1 lb Cranberriesfresh or frozen
- ¾ cup White cranberry juice
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 strips Orange zest
- 2 sprigs Fresh thyme
- pinch Kosher Salt
- 1 (1-oz) envelope Gelatinunflavored
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla extractpure
- Orange zestcandied orange zest, optional
Molded Cranberry Sauce
Molded Cranberry Sauce tastes so much better when made from scratch with this simple recipe. I wanted this sauce to feel very classic and just like the one we grew up eating, but with deeper fruit flavor and richness. It’s easy to make, with an always pleasing sweet-tart filling of real cranberries subtly flavored with orange zest, thyme and a touch of vanilla. When making the sauce for a party, prepare it in advance, then pour it into a 4-cup jelly mold or Bundt pan and chill for up to two days.
Start by cooking the cranberries, cranberry juice, sugar, orange zest, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cranberries stop popping and the mixture has thickened. This takes about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, pour ¼ cup of water into a bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand until the gelatin softens. In a blender, blend the cooled cranberry mixture until smooth, then add the gelatin and vanilla. Strain the mixture and pour it into the mold. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours. To serve, unmold the cranberry sauce onto a serving plate and garnish with candied orange zest. Enjoy!
To make the Molded Cranberry Sauce, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Molded Cranberry Sauce
Prepare mold or Bundt pan
To a medium saucepan, add 1 pound cranberries, ¾ cup white cranberry juice, 1 cup sugar, 2 strips orange zest, 2 sprigs thyme, and a pinch of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the cranberries burst and the liquid has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
Sprinkle gelatin over water
Transfer cranberry mixture to a blender
Add gelatin and vanilla
Place cranberry sauce in mold