Feather’s Fresh Fruit Holiday Sauce

Joan Pierce Quincy, Massachusetts

Total Time:25 minutes


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup apple or pear (one small fruit), peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (one small lemon), grated or finely chopped
  • Reserve a few lemon zest sprinkles for garnish
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. In a heavy, covered saucepan gently simmer apple cider and cranberries over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes (until berries are soft). Check and stir frequently to ensure mixture does not burn; if scorching is a problem, or if pan is sufficiently heavy, turn off burner and allow mixture to continue cooking in its own heat.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat. Add raisins, chopped fruit, lemon zest, cinnamon and salt. Stir until mixed. Return mixture to low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, if softer fruit texture is preferred.
  3. Pour sauce into container and chill in refrigerator. This recipe may be made ahead if kept refrigerated. Before serving, garnish with reserved lemon zest.

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