Middle Eastern Cranberry and Pomegranate Relish Spiced with Ras el Hanout

Although it’s true that we can enjoy cranberry sauce all year long, I love to make it myself the minute those jewel bright tart berries hit the market. Here’s a quick recipe for a sauce with a distinctly exotic edge which you can make ahead and jar up ahead of the festive season. It’s perfect with cheeses, Middle Eastern grain-based salads, all manner of spicy tangines, sumptuous nut roasts and fluffy roast potatoes.

Makes one 500ml jar


300g fresh cranberries
2 large oranges, 1 zested and both juiced
2-4 tbsp pomegranate molasses, dial up or down according to your personal taste
2-4 tbsp date molasses, dial up or down according to your personal taste
1 tsp ras-el-hanout
1 star anise

How I make it

Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and slowly bring up to a simmer.

Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring constantly until all the berries have burst and have taken on a jammy texture. Transfer the mixture – including the star anise – to a warm sterilised Kilner jar, cover with a paper disc, seal and store in a cool place. Once opened store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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