Cranberry Spice Jam {fridge style}

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Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!“Sleep With Your Spoon in Your Pillow…”

Cranberry Spice Jam:
For Biscuits, Scones, Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast!

Since I have a special Christmas breakfast or brunch recipe coming to the blog, I just had to share with y’all my recipe for Cranberry Spice Jam as a separate recipe. Also, it really should be published here on the blog as a separate recipe, rather than a component recipe to another, because this jam is incredibly scrumptious and tastes just like Christmas from the spoon! I’m talkin’ straight up Currier and Ives here, folks.

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

Okay, don’t think I’m weird. (Even though I am.) But, fellow foodies…hear me out. Whilst preparing food, do you ever think it looks immensely gorgeous? Like sexy? The first time I ever read about food being “sexy” was by James Beard award-winning cookbook author, Maida Heatter, our beloved “First Lady of Desserts”, describing her Palm Beach Brownies, with peppermint patties layered into the batter, as being sexy once sliced into bars. Right then and there, I knew we were kindred baking spirits.

Oh, yeah…I own every single cookbook Maida has ever published, too. I tease The Big Lug and tell him that he must genuflect (to kneel on one knee and then rise again as an act of respect) if he walks before “The Maida Library” in our home office. Ha!

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

Well, every time I make Cranberry Relish, Cranberry Sauce or this gorgeous Cranberry Spice Jam, and I add the snow-white granulated sugar crystals (yes, the refined type), to ruby-red gorgeous fresh cranberries, I can hear Brenda Lee singing Strawberry Snow in my head! There’s just something about the ruby-red and snow-white sugar crystal imagery, and the sugar crystals soon turning ruby-pink, which evokes the feeling of nostalgia in listening to Strawberry Snow with my Mom and sister at Christmastime while growing up. When this happens and the memories flood my mind, I find myself searching for and pulling out the CD to play. I have said this before on the blog, you’ve gotta love Mom’s music. This time, her Christmas music!

Take a listen to this beautiful-fantastical retro Christmas song so suited for children. The Amazon.com Editorial Review calls Strawberry Snow peculiar. I call it magical. Dreamy lyrics such as, “Sleep with your spoon in your pillow…” and “Mornin’ may bring, strawberry snow…” will have you swooning. Strawberries and everything strawberry was a big thing at our house growing up. Mom loved strawberries and I was born with strawberry blonde hair while my sister was born with a strawberry birthmark near a Strawberry Moon. And, I just loved those freeze-dried strawberries they used to put in the corn flakes cereal by Post® and how they turned the milk pink. Don’t even get me started talking about Strawberry Pop-Tarts!

Later, as an adult, I once bought one of the Decca recordings and, to my utter shock, when I went to play it for my Mom, it did not include Strawberry Snow. I know…pure blasphemy! It wasn’t until I purchased the two-volume CD set, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings [Extra Tracks, Original Recording Remastered], by Brenda Lee, that it was included.

Listen to Brenda Lee’s Strawberry Snow via YouTube and tell me this song isn’t magical!

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

A sweet retro story… Mom’s only celebrity encounter was Brenda Lee. Yep. Brenda Lee was appearing live at Cobo Hall in Detroit. During intermission, Mom went to the ladies room to “powder her nose”. And, guess who tapped on her shoulder to ask if she could borrow her powder compact? One lovely songbird, with the best pipes in the biz at the time, Brenda Lee! Mom said she nearly fainted but obliged the pretty songstress. When we asked if she was nice, Mom shared with us how grateful Brenda was. However, she also shared, “Of course, I immediately threw away the powder compact because Brenda was all sweaty from performing!” Mom and her storytelling. Ya gotta love it.

Let’s get back to this delicious cranberry jam situation…

Serve our Cranberry Spice Jam with warm biscuits, muffins and scones, whisk into pure maple syrup to create a special Maple-Cranberry Spice Syrup for pancakes, waffles and French toast, whisk into vinaigrette for a cranberry infused salad dressing, use in your baking for cookies and cakes or cooking by whisking in mustard to baste chicken or make hors d’oeuvres, or even use as a condiment for savory sandwiches or grilled cheese, and it will become an instant hit with your family and holiday guests. They will be smitten! Guaranteed.

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

This easy to prepare jam surely will become a holiday tradition in your house because everyone will request it over and over again over the winter holidays. Nay! They will demand it! I am telling you…it is that irresistible. Honest and truly, I could not stop eating it from the spoon as it was cooling. I couldn’t wait! You won’t be able to either.

The main difference between regular cranberry sauce and cranberry jam is that there is more liquid and sugar used in the recipe to cook down into a nice loose gel. Since cranberries have natural occurring pectin, there is absolutely no need whatsoever to add a thickener, such as tapioca starch, or pectin. The recipe is just as easy to make as cranberry sauce and pulls together in no time. However, take care not to overcook it as the natural pectin will begin to break down and the jam will not set well. The best visual cue I can give is to make a loose jam knowing it will thicken even more upon cooling.

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

What makes our recipe for Cranberry Spice Jam wicked good? Inspired by our family’s Spiced Orange-Cranberry Sauce recipe, this jam is ruby-red gorgeous. The perfect amount of fresh orange juice or apple cider is added for adequate acidity and tartness while balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. And, all it needs is a tiny whisper of spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, to enhance the citrus flavor notes and make it taste just like Christmas. Our recipe calls for all-natural fresh ingredients for a rich and flavorful jam. Nothing artificial here. Finally, the recipe is simple as it is a refrigerator-style jam yet it tastes just like what grandma used to make. Treat yourself to some homemade Cranberry Spice Jam. Use as a scrumptious condiment to spread on biscuits, muffins and scones or in your holiday baking or cooking. You won’t regret it and your holiday guests and gift recipients will think you are a rock star! What’s not to love about that?

Cranberry Spice Jam by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Easy homemade cranberry jam with a whisper of spices made refrigerator style. No pectin needed as the pectin in cranberries does the thickening. It tastes like Christmas!

So, sleep with your spoon in your pillow…and dream of this sugarplum of a jam, Cranberry Spice Jam. Or, better yet, whip up a batch. You won’t be sorry. It’s easy to prepare and so impressive to serve guests or to give as a holiday gift from the kitchen! If giving as a gift, just be sure to let your gift recipients know it is a refrigerator jam and should be kept in the fridge up to one week and not placed in the pantry.

Bon appétit!

xo,

stacysig

Cranberry Spice Jam {fridge style}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1½ cups.

Cranberry Spice Jam {fridge style}

What makes our recipe for Cranberry Spice Jam wicked good? Inspired by our family’s Spiced Orange-Cranberry Sauce recipe, this jam is ruby-red gorgeous. The perfect amount of fresh orange juice or apple cider is added for adequate acidity and tartness while balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. And, all it needs is a tiny whisper of spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, to enhance the citrus flavor notes and make it taste just like Christmas. Our recipe calls for all-natural fresh ingredients for a rich and flavorful jam. Nothing artificial here. Finally, the recipe is simple as it is a refrigerator-style jam yet it tastes just like what grandma used to make. Treat yourself to some homemade Cranberry Spice Jam. Use as a scrumptious condiment to spread on biscuits, muffins and scones or in your holiday baking or cooking. You won’t regret it and your holiday guests and gift recipients will think you are a rock star! What’s not to love about that?

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh whole cranberries, about 3 cups or 300 grams, sorted, rinsed & dried
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (225 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (270 ml) fresh squeezed orange juice or apple cider
  • 1½ to 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest, from 1 medium orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier®, optional

Directions

In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, combine cranberries, sugar, juice or cider, zest and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cook over a soft boil, stirring occasionally, to prevent scorching.

Cook until the cranberries burst, the mixture thickens to a consistency of a loose jam coating the back of a spoon and turns deep ruby-red in color, about 15 minutes. While cooking, skim away and discard any foam that may rise to the top and stir often during the last 5 minutes to prevent scorching. The hot jam will thicken even more upon cooling to room temperature. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes as the naturally occurring pectin in the cranberries will begin to break down and the jam will not set up well.

When done, remove from heat. If desired, add a small splash of orange liqueur and stir until combined. Cool to room temperature. Then, carefully spoon into sterilized jars and place lids on jars. Store jam up to 5 to 7 days covered in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

To keep the jam longer, preserve by following manufacturer’s preparation instructions to pack and seal canning jars.

If giving jam as a gift, just be sure to let your gift recipients know it is a refrigerator jam and should be kept in the fridge up to one week and not placed in the pantry.

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Great post, Stacy! I’ve already chosen the spoon that will be kept under my pillow – that along with some craneberries I just picked up yesterday and this recipe are all sure to make for a wonderful jam, thanks to you. Nice job – again!!
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  2. Supper yummy jam, I’d be sure to add a big spoonful to my muffin for breakfast! 🙂
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  3. I love jam and love cranberries but have never tried making a cranberry jam so I’m so thrilled you posted this. I wish I was holding a spoonful of this and I can’t wait to try making this 🙂 It looks and sounds incredible, pinning, thanks for sharing my friend 🙂
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    • Thank you, Kelly! You will love this jam. It is easy to make and offers so many applications. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  4. This jam looks incredible, Stacy! We serve something similar with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at my house, and it’s one of my absolute favorites. Adds that perfect sweet-citrusy “something” to an otherwise heavy dinner. I love your addition of orange liqueur!
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    • Thank you, Georgia! Yes, we make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. This jam is a little bit more concentrated in flavor and sweeter since there is more sugar. It is fabulous when topping savory hors d’oeuvres with a dollop along with a little mustard, too. Just scrumptious!

  5. This jam looks delicious! I love always add orange juice and zest with cinnamon to my berries, your jam is just bursting with citrus flavor. The grand marnier must really make this special.
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  6. I love that you described this as “Christmas on a spoon.” I’m all about Christmas and this sounds like a delightful jam!! The spice, cranberry, and everything! I would spread this all over some butter rolls. Yum yum, Stacy!!
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    • Aww…thank you, Julie! This jam is truly “Christmas on a spoon”. I hope you will make it soon to enjoy over the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

  7. Oh, Stacy I will be making this. I have fallen for cranberries this year and this sounds incredible.

    • Thank you, Norma! You will love this jam, girl. Being the creative cook and baker that you are, I know you’ll find all sorts of ways to incorporate its yumminess. Thanks for stopping by, my dear!

  8. I can see serving your cranberry jam with a cheese tray…it sounds terrific.
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    • Thank you, Karen! This cranberry jam would be wicked served with a cheese tray. If I can squeeze it in, I will be posting an hors d’oeuvre recipe incorporating it. Thanks for stopping by, m’lady!

  9. That’s exactly how I make my cranberry jam too! Except the spice part! Gotta try that!
    Pinned!
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    • Thank you, Anna! Great minds think alike. I am just as crazy about cranberries as I am about tart cherries. Thanks for stopping by and for the pin, my friend!

  10. Gorgeous jam, I love the idea of spreading it on scones!
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  11. this really is a gorgeous spice jam…with warm homemade waffles….heavenly food….and we are awaiting the special brunch recipe…can blindly bet it is going to be a winner with this jam…thanks so much for sharing our friend 🙂
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    • Thank you, Kumar! You are such a dear. You will love this jam as it has so many applications. Thank you for the compliments and for stopping by, my friend! 🙂

  12. This is such a gorgeous jam Stacy! I love the idea of using this on biscuits and scones. And orange liqueur is a must when I make it. 😉 Pinned! Have a great weekend my friend!

    • Thank you, Anne! You will love this cranberry jam as it has so many applications. Thank you for the pin, my dear! You have a great weekend, too! 🙂

  13. I just love the idea of cranberry jam! It’s really gorgeous and dare I say it “sexy”? I totally get what you mean. 🙂 I love, love listening to music while I work in the kitchen, I’ve had Christmas music on Pandora all month long. This is such a gorgeous color, would be perfect on Christmas morning scones. Yum!
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, m’lady! You really should whip up a batch of this cranberry jam for Christmas morn’. You and your family with love it! I had mine on a gluten free bagel for breakfast today. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

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