Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.


Holiday Cranberry Pear Sauce

I am so excited that the holiday season is coming up, but I think I may have mentioned that before.

Either way, I always feel the need to prepare and stock up on essentials so I won’t get caught by the Bull (Spanish expression, bull referring to something unexpected).

I like to have plenty of sauces and condiments on hand for not only the turkey, but for Pâtés, sandwiches and cheeses too.

Here’s my favorite sauce, the star anise gives it such a depth of flavour that I am sure you will love. It’s made in a jiffy and easily keeps over the holiday season. The preserving sugar I am using is one that only requires a short cooking time, so check which sugar is available to you and cook according to directions on the sugar package.


Dairy Free   Egg Free   Gluten Free Vegan  Vegetarian

Makes 2 medium Jars.



12.5 oz bag of fresh Cranberries

2 medium pears

1/2 C.  orange juice

2 Star Anise

1 Cinnamon Stick

12 oz. Preserving Sugar



In a pan, place the cranberries, the peeled, cored and chopped pears, the o.j. the spices and sugar.

Leave to macerate for about two hours. Stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat on high and bring it to a boil, reduce heat but is must still bubble slightly. Cook for about 10-15 minutes.

Ladle into sterilized jars, seal and place them upside down on a clean kitchen towel for about an hour. Turn upright and cool completely. Label and store.


Holiday Cranberry Pear Sauce

If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoon on instagram! You’ll make my day.


Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Pickled Red Cabbage


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11 thoughts on “Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise.

  1. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso says:

    I agree about having a prepared pantry of sauces and condiments. It makes entertaining so much easier.
    The sauce looks wonderful. Love the addition of star anise, which is one of my favorites when it comes to pears. 🙂

  2. foodinbooks says:

    You have such a talent for creating food that looks not only healthy and tasty, but so gorgeous, too! This is so uplifting to look at, and no doubt it’s as delicious as everything else you make.

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