Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce

If you want to try something a little different for your holiday meal, you must try this homemade cranberry sauce!  It doesn't take long to make and it is so much better than the stuff from the can!  You can even make it a day or two in advance! 

In the past I've used raspberries in my fresh cranberry sauce, but decided to try this recipe with the pears this year & was VERY pleased with the out come.  Give it a try, I think you'll agree.  Enjoy!

Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup +/- water
1/2 cup white sugar
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 (12 ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

In a medium saucepan, add together OJ, sugar, pears, cranberries and enough water to just come to the top of the fruit.  Cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.  Cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes, add honey. Continue to cook until cranberries pop and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Cool to room temperature, then store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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