Total Time: 40 minutes
- 2 cups freshly squeezed apple juice
- 1/2 cup raw unfiltered honey
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- 1 pound fresh cranberries, approx. 4 cups
- 1 dried cranberries, (6 ounce bag), unsweetened
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
- Wash the cranberries and discard any soft or wrinkled ones.
- Combine the apple juice, honey, and cinnamon in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the fresh cranberries and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced apple and dried cranberries. Cook an additional 10 minutes, until the cranberries burst, the apples soften, and the mixture thickens. (Do not cook for more than 15 minutes total as the pectin will start to break down and the sauce will not set as well.)
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until thickened, about 60 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve.
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