Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados

Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cranberry Sauce is a very popular and traditional condiment for the holidays. I’m not a big fan of the canned jellied cranberry sauces that are mostly overprocessed sugar slabs. A few years ago, I came up with my own Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados. This compote is a holiday staple in my house.

Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cranberry red is one of my favorite colors. Like many women, I had my “colors done” in the 1980s. It was an image consultant’s way of showing clients how wearing certain colors brought out and enhanced their best features, and how wearing other colors did not. One of the colors that really brought out my features was cranberry red.

My cranberry compote is definitely cranberry red! One reason that I like it!

Start out with a bag of rinsed fresh cranberries.

Organic cranberries (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Organic cranberries (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some dried cranberries.

Whole Foods Market's 365 Brand sweetened dried cranberries (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Whole Foods Market’s 365 Brand sweetened dried cranberries (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Since one of my favorite juices is a cranberry-apple juice, I like to add some Calvados (French apple brandy) to add some depth and a slight apple flavor.

Calvados is an apple brandy from France (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Calvados is an apple brandy from France (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Some sweet orange juice supplies the citrusy flavor without the rough sour qualities of the rind that appears in some cranberry orange compotes.

Squeeze some fresh oranges for some tasty juice!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Squeeze some fresh oranges for some tasty juice! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Use your favorite honey or agave syrup as a sweetener — whatever you prefer. You can use sugar yet I find that it doesn’t always dissolve completely and can cause a sandy texture.

Trader Joe's Mesquite Honey (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Trader Joe’s Mesquite Honey (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A cinnamon stick offers a holiday spice touch.

Cranberries (fresh and dried) with orange juice, honey, Calvados and a cinnamon stick!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cranberries (fresh and dried) with orange juice, honey, Calvados and a cinnamon stick! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour or until the compote thickens.

Let the cranberry compote simmer on low for 45 - 60 minutes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Let the cranberry compote simmer on low for 45 – 60 minutes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Make this compote a day or two early so the cinnamon and Calvados flavor can intensify. Refrigerate for up to a week.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Cranberry Compote with Cinnamon and Calvados

Ingredients:

3 cups (or 12 oz) fresh cranberries, rinsed
6 oz sweetened dried cranberries
1 c orange juice
1 c water
1 stick cinnamon
2 T Calvados or apple brandy
1 c honey
Sugar or agave syrup to taste, if needed

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients into an anodized or non-metal saucepan, and stir until blended.
2. Simmer over low heat until mixture thickens and the alcohol from the Calvados or apple brandy has evaporated, 45 – 60 minutes. (Whole cranberries may pop during cooking, so you may want to cover the pan with a lid, or you can crush the cranberries slightly with a potato masher before cooking.)
3. Remove pan from heat and let cool.
4. Place in a non-metal container and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
5. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving. You may want to add additional honey or agave syrup depending on your sweetness/tartness preference.

Makes about 1.5 cups of compote. Serve either warm, chilled, or at room temperature with turkey, ham, or chicken as a condiment.

Variations: Can substitute apple juice for the Calvados or apple brandy. Can substitute Grand Marnier or another orange liqueur for the apple Calvados if you prefer the traditional cranberry-orange flavors.

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