Inspired by my love of cranberry sauce, CranApple Jam is an amazing new way to enjoy all of the fresh cranberries that are currently in season. For this easy to make dish, cranberries and apples are slowly simmered until thickened, then finished with a dash of orange zest for a perfectly delectable result. The sweet apples are the perfect complement to the tart cranberries and since both fruits are naturally high in pectin, the jam comes together in minutes.
Makes Approximately 4 Cups
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1.5 lbs. Braeburn apples (about 3 medium), peeled and chopped (about 3.5 cups/16 ounces once chopped)
12 ounces fresh cranberries (about 4 cups)
dash of salt
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 cup Truvia Sweetener
3 cups of water, divided
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
2-3 teaspoons orange zest
1. Add cranberries, apples, salt, cinnamon stick, and Truvia to a large saucepan.
2. Set saucepan over high heat and pour in 1.5 cups of water. Stir to combine ingredients then bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-high, and let simmer for 10-11 minutes, stirring often. Jam should be beginning to thicken and have a consistency similar to a chunky applesauce.
4. Stir in remaining 1.5 cups of water, and orange juice. Increase heat to high to bring jam to boil once again, then reduce heat to medium high to let jam simmer. (If mixture begins to splash and sputter too much, reduce heat to medium). Continue to simmer for 10-12 minutes more or until jam is mostly smooth with just a few chunks.
5. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully remove cinnamon stick. Stir in orange zest, then place saucepan on a cooling rack to cool.
6. Once cool, pour jam into covered containers or jars for storage. Store jars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Information--approximately 8 calories per tablespoon