This evening I got started on the Christmas Bake-a-Thon. Lists have been made, decorations adorn the kitchen and make it sparkle,
cake baking and decorating accessories have been mustered
....let baking commence. The serious baking will happen tomorrow, this evening one of the most delicious smelling Christmas cooking events took place. Cranberry sauce making. Very simple to do, all you need are cranberries, orange zest and juice, cassis and sugar. The colour and smell are intoxicating.
The sauce starts off brilliant red, the berries go really shiny once they start to warm up and the contrast with the bright orange zest is startling.
As the berries cook and the juice comes out it bubbles up and makes a delicate pale pink foam around the shiny crimson berries. The sauce matures and darkens, when it is ready to pot up it has become a beautiful, rich claret red.
Into hot jars it goes- all but a couple of left over spoonfuls...oh the pleasure of 'cook's perks'- that little bit of left-over sauce and the scrapings from the pan. Sweet and sharp, a hint of orange, a deep after note of blackcurrant and wonderfully fruity bright cranberry flavour. Yum.