Homemade Apple-Cinnamon Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce and holiday meals just go together.

I don't really know what it is, but it's something about cranberry sauce that adds that fruity, tart, and just perfectly sweetened contrast to the whole well-salted and savory meal.

It's just perfect.

Oddly enough, I only eat cranberry sauce on two specific holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas. I do not eat it at any other time of year. 

I know a lot of people like that...so I guess it's not so odd.

I have found however, that I am not fond of canned cranberries. I have tried a couple brands, and I do not know if it's the mega injection of uncouth sugars or the preserved nature of the cranberries, but they do not have that fresh tart flavor that berry lovers come to expect.

So, I decided to come up with a cranberry sauce that I would enjoy. 

Something that had the sweet but also the tart that is expected and welcomed from cranberries.

Now mind you, there are many variations on this, but no one recipe found ever did for me what I expected cranberry sauce to do. 

I wanted tart.

I wanted sweet.
I wanted it perfectly intertwined.

And then I thought - apples! 

I decided to add apples to the recipe I made, and there I had it.

The perfect homemade cranberry sauce with apple & cinnamon complements :)

12 oz. of cranberries, washed
1 small to medium fuji apple, diced small
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup vegan cane sugar (or to taste)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
a dash of ground cinnamon
orange zest from one washed orange, optional

Combine cranberries, orange juice, and water in a medium sauce pan.

Place on medium high heat and stir often.

Cook the cranberries until they begin to audibly pop. Continue to stir often, as mixture begins to thicken. Please do to be tempted to place cornstarch in mixture, it will thicken!

Once it is thick and jellied, add both of your sugars and a dash of ground cinnamon.

Once everything is all combined, remove cranberry sauce from heat, and stir in your orange zest from one washed orange, and stir that in well.

Place your prepared cranberries in the refrigerator overnight to mold together. It will be amazing!

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