I've been enjoying the holidays with my family for the past month so I apologize for being so lazy with posting. My daughter Camyn has been a great help in the kitchen assisting with stirring and spicing of new and exciting dishes. Our latest creation is a twist on traditional cranberry sauce. I personally love the taste of homemade cranberry sauce but I've never been able to get past the bitter texture and taste of orange zest. So Camryn and I scoured our resources for a simple recipe to modify to our liking.
All you need is a pound of fresh cranberries, 2 peeled and cored pears cut into 1" pieces, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon or one cinnamon stick, 1/2 cup fresh on with pulp (we prefer simply orange with medium pulp), and a pan big enough to fit it all. We started by bringing the cranberries, pear chunks, sugar, and water to a boil for about 10 minutes then we added the rest of the ingredients in for an additional 5 minutes until about 2/3 of the cranberries burst. Not only did it make the house smell like freshly percolated wassail but is perfectly spiced and sweet enough to throw in a pie shell. Mmmmmm!