Sauce for the Season

by Elley Westbrook, 2nd December 2020

AGA queen Elley Westbrook leaps online with her latest recipe that doubles up as a great gift for Christmas

How are you feeling about Christmas? I'm going to try and keep the traditions going, but as you know I'd normally have a house full.

I have three grandchildren now, aged between eight and 18 months. Plus there's my four children (not children now), their partners and my parents. So I'm sad we can't all celebrate together. 

More than ever I'm reminded of what's important. Loved ones, family and friends make the top of my list. Followed by the ability to stride out into our wonderful countryside and share a meal and laughs.

Let’s see what 2021 brings, but I sincerely wish you all health and happiness, plus some peace this Christmas and into the new year.  

To get you into the spirit, this classy Christmas recipe is simplicity itself - let's boot out all the fuss!


This'll make enough for about 20-25 servings. So if you're not having the hoards around this Christmas (and let's face it, who can?), why not pot some up as gifts for your loved ones?


675g fresh cranberries 

1 large orange, zested and juiced. Keep the juice separate to add in to the juice quantity below

3 cinnamon sticks 

450ml orange juice (including the juice of zested orange)

450g dark brown soft sugar


In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, orange zest, cinnamon, orange juice and brown sugar. Add enough water to cover, bring to the boil on the boiling plate (conventional cooker - high heat).

Immediately it’s reached a boil remove to the simmering plate (reduce heat-conventional cooker), and simmer for about 1 hour*, or until the sauce has thickened. 

*Aga owners can decide to cover and remove to the simmering oven at this point. It'll be ok in the simmering oven for a few hours but you could uncover it after 20 minutes and it'd be ready in a further 30/40 minutes in the simmering oven. (Basically, Aga owners, you know the drill - you can hover over it or shove it in the simmering oven and let it do its thing whilst you do yours!)

Taste for sweetness, adjust with additional sugar if necessary. You can't overcook, so continue cooking until you have a good thick consistency. Let mixture cool, then refrigerate in a covered container or siphon some off for family and friends.

Oh, and remember to remove the cinnamon sticks before serving!


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