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Brandied Cranberry Oranges

Yield 5 pints

Ingredients

  • 6 blood or navel oranges
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Peel oranges, if desired. Cut oranges into 1/8-inch slices, discarding ends. Cut slices into quarters.

  2. Layer one-third of orange slices, one-third of cranberries, and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl. Repeat procedure twice with remaining fruit and sugar. Cover and let stand 8 hours.

  3. Bring orange mixture and orange juice to a boil in a Dutch oven; boil, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Pack hot fruit into jars, filling to 1/2 inch from top. Add 2 tablespoons brandy to each jar, if desired. Cover fruit with boiling syrup, filling to 1/2 inch from top. Remove air bubbles; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids; screw on bands.

  4. Process in boiling water bath 15 minutes.