This cranberry butter jewel of a spread is not really a butter (no dairy at all). And it is not really a curd (no eggs in here either) so it is tricky to figure out how to name it properly. Technically it might be a pureed jam. It is an elevated version of cranberry sauce with a richness and depth of texture and flavor.
What ingredients are used to make cranberry butter?
- brown sugar
- orange juice
Simple ingredients of cranberries, sugar, and a small bit of liquid which in this case is fresh orange juice with a bit of added water all hang out together for ten minutes in a hot pressure bath called Instant Pot. Before you know it you have a beautiful cranberry creation that today we’re calling cranberry butter.
Thirty minutes or less start to finish. You do have time to make this cranberry butter. You might even save your not-so-moist turkey with this cranberry goodness!
How do I make cranberry butter?
- Zest the oranges into the Instant Pot. This is my favorite zester: 3 in 1 Citrus Zest Microplane
- Juice the oranges and add water up to the 1 cup level.
- Add the juice, water, brown sugar and cranberries into the Instant Pot.
- Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a Vitamix and puree.
- Pour into jars and enjoy!
Let’s walk through each step.
Use a microplane to zest the oranges. Two oranges is just right. I like to hold the microplane such that you can see the zest piling up on top. This is especially helpful in recipes where you are measuring how much zest you need to add (eg. 1 tablespoon). Here the more zest the better so zest away!
Juice the oranges into a glass measuring cup. My two oranges produces about 1/2 cup of juice. No matter how much juice you squeeze out of your oranges, add enough water to reach the amount of one cup.
Add the juice, water, and 6 cups of cranberries into the Instant Pot.
Stir to combine. Aren’t those cranberries beautiful!!
Cook on high pressure in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes. Wait another ten minutes then release the pressure on the Instant Pot.
Puree in a Vitmix or other high speed blender.
Pour into mason jars and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy cranberry butter.
How can I use cranberry butter?
Cranberry butter is along the lines of an apple-pear butter or pumpkin butter. It’s just right for your holiday table. Try it this week for Thanksgiving and you’ll find ways to use it right through Christmastime.
Add it as a tart-fruit spread to your morning toast, or combine it with mayo for a flavorful aioli. Shake it into an oil and vinegar dressing for a salad, drizzle it over yogurt or ice cream, or jazz up your oatmeal. Use it in a drink to create a flavored tonic, serve it with a cheese platter or just eat it by the spoonful. So many choices.
I think this cranberry fruit spread would be the perfect filling to use in Liz’z recipe for Cranberry Cheesecake Bars, don’t you? An oatmeal crust, a cheesecake filling, and a cranberry layer too!Print
Cranberry butter is an elevated version of cranberry sauce with a richness and depth of texture and flavor.
- 6 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (this will be tart, if you’d like it sweeter, increase sugar to 1 cup)
- zest and juice of 2 oranges
- water (see instructions below for amount)
- Zest the two oranges into the Instant Pot.
- Squeeze the juice of both oranges into a glass measuring cup. Mine produced about 2/3 cup of orange juice. Fill with water to reach 1 cup of liquid. (So if your oranges produce 1/2 cup of juice then you will need 1/2 cup water added).
- Pour the water, cranberries and the brown sugar into the Instant Pot. Stir together to mix.
- Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 10 minutes. Let the Instant Pot cool completely or after ten minutes use the quick release function to release the built up steam.
- Puree the cranberry-orange mixture in a Vitamix or other high speed blender. Pour into glass mason jars or other containers.
- Cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
This cranberry butter will be tart. If you wish for a sweeter taste, increase the brown sugar to 1 cup.
Keywords: cranberry, Thanksgiving, Christmas
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This post was updated November 2018.