Cranberry Apple Conserve|
This conserve is different from the typical cranberry relishes or jellied sauces. It has a smoother taste and an applesauce-like texture. You can serve it with dinner as the table cranberry sauce/relish or for dessert with ice cream or cake. It also is marvelous as a spread on quick breads, leftover turkey salads, biscuits, or my personal favorite, as a topping for oatmeal the morning after. It tastes best at room temperature or warmed and can be made well in advance.
1 1/2 pounds good cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 cups cranberries
1/3 cup apple cider
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoons grated orange zest
Place all of the ingredients except for the zest in a medium saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover
and cook for 15 minutes. Remove the cover, mix the fruit, and cook until
the apples are very sauce and most of the cider has evaporated. Beat the
fruit by hand or place in a food processor for a very smooth conserve.
Mix in the orange zest. Cover and refrigerate for up to three days before serving, but return to room temperature or warm before serving for the best flavor.
Makes 8 servings.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes