Delicious! I made this for Thanksgiving. It was delicious with the Turkey and everyone raved about it. I used anise seed rather than star anise. In the future I will put the spices in cheese cloth, or a "tea bag" of sorts so that the flavor is absorbed into the sauce without the crunch of the seeds. I also modified the recipe, using slightly less honey and substitututing Splenda for the sugar.
Anise Pear-Cranberry Sauce
cnelle Posted: 11/27/08
novemberwind96 Posted: 11/23/09
I have made this cranberry sauce every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it has become my signature recipe. My entire family loves it and fights over the left-overs. This cranberry sauce tastes like licorice due to the anise seed which I use. I would suggest following the directions exactly, or even cooking longer than suggested otherwise you will end up with a very watery sauce. best cranberry sauce ever!
Genkimari Posted: 11/08/12
Love this recipe, as does my whole family. I'd make it year-round if fresh cranberries were always available!
heavensto Posted: 11/27/13
Great recipe! Great flavor! My brother, sister and I have all been making this at our respective homes across the country every year since it was published. We usually double or triple the recipe so there is enough for leftovers. I like to dice the pear a bit smaller than indicated. Note: After reading another review I want to add that I am not really a fan a licorice, but I love this dish. The flavor shall blend together so well, nothing stands out to me.