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.
Sunset NOVEMBER 2008
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.
Make ahead: Cover and chill up to 1 week.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3-tbsp. serving.
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