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Julie's Brandied Cranberries

Yield Serves 8 (makes 1 1/2 cups)
Time: 1 1/2 hours. Julie Wente, of the fifth-generation Wente winemaking family in Livermore, California, bakes the cranberries instead of simmering them the usual way. They glisten on the plate like jewels.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded orange zest

Nutrition Information

  • calories 166
  • caloriesfromfat 0.5 %
  • protein 0.2 g
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 43 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • sodium 1.3 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Discard any soft or decayed cranberries.

  2. Mix cranberries, sugar, brandy to taste, and orange zest in an 8- or 9-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 1 1/4 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Make ahead: Cover and chill up to 1 week.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3-tbsp. serving.