Cranberry Sauce and Apple Sauce

Today I’m sharing two recipes, Cranberry sauce and Apple sauce, to help you get ahead for Christmas! The Cranberry sauce is tart and sweet with a hint of orange flavour. The Apple sauce is perfect for your christmas dinner, but goes great with pork too.

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I like everything on my Christmas table to be homemade from scratch. So I’m not completely stressed out though, I make anything that I can ahead of time. Both of these sauces are perfect for this as you can get them made early on and then freeze them. Mine are in the freezer now. Just don’t forget to get them out to defrost the day before!

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The Cranberry sauce is made with orange juice and marmalade for a hint of orange flavour. 

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I used light brown muscovado sugar in the Apple sauce but you could use regular if you prefer.

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Homemade sauces taste a million times better than shop bought. Both of these recipes are so easy! You could have them both made and your washing up done in an hour. My tooth is quite sweet, I’ve used 50g of sugar in each recipe but if you like things not to be as sweet, just reduce the sugar to 40g per recipe. 

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Because they are so easy you could make these up to two days before Christmas and keep them in the fridge if you prefer not to freeze things. 

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What do you do to get ahead for Christmas? Is there anything that you make ahead or prep to make things run smoothly on the day? Tell me all about them in the comments section at the very bottom of the page! 

Lianne x

Cranberry Sauce

Servings 6


  • 50 g Light brown brown muscovado sugar
  • 120 g Orange marmalade
  • juice of one orange
  • 300 g cranberries


  1. Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat.
  2. Simmer until the cranberries are soft, 3-4 minutes if you want the cranberries to hold their shape or 4-5 minutes if you want them a little more broken down, like I have in mine.
  3. If you are serving immediately just pour into a serving dish.
  4. Or if you want to store them in a fridge or freezer leave to cool before tipping into an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

If you want the sauce to be a little less sweet reduce the sugar to 40g

Apple Sauce

Servings 6


  • 3 bramley apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 50 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 50 g butter


  1. Add all the ingredients to a lidded saucepan.
  2. Simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes with the lid on stirring occasionally.
  3. When the apple is soft remove from the heat and give it a good stir to make the sauce smooth.
  4. Tip into a dish to serve immediately, or leave to cool before pouring into an airtight container if you wish to freeze or refrigerate it.

Recipe Notes

You can use regular sugar in place of the muscovado if you prefer.
If you like things a little less sweet reduce the sugar to 40g.

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I’m linking Cranberry sauce and Apple sauce to Cuddle Fairy & One Yummy Mummy’s Holiday Foodie Linky for 2016




  1. December 10, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Great post! That apple sauce looks so good, I might have to give this a go this holiday season.

    • Lianne
      December 10, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks, it’s so easy to make you should definitely give it a try!

  2. Foirell
    December 10, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Yes I completely agree anything homemade always tastes much better! I was talking to my mum about making homemade sausage rolls! I love Cranberry sauce with my turkey . May have to use your recipe 🙂

    • Lianne
      December 10, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you! Homemade sausage rolls sound delicious. This recipe is so easy you should definitely try it!

  3. Bernadine
    December 10, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog from the blog party!! I really love it. Anyone who posts blogs with food is going to get a follow from me naturally . Great blog, and I love your theme! Here’s mine:

    • Lianne
      December 10, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you! I will check yours out, I do love to bake

  4. December 10, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    These looks really delicious! I might try out the apple sauce because I love apples

    • Lianne
      December 11, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Do! It’s super easy to make but so yummy! I always have apple sauce with my Christmas dinner but it’s really great with pork!

  5. December 18, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Oh both sauces look delish here.. I’m going to give your cranberry one a go for sure x thanks for linking up lovely x #holidayfoodie

    • Lianne
      December 18, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Thank you for having me! 🙂

  6. December 22, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    I also make my own cranberry sauce, it tastes so much better than anything shop-bought! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely try it soon!

    • Lianne
      December 22, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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