Simple Sundays | Cranberry Curd

Walking in circles amongst rows and rows of firs and pines, we breathed in the heavenly scent of fresh evergreen. This one! No, this one! My family pounced on a majestic pine, one that would clearly (at least it was obvious to me) never even fit through our front door. Um, you guys, that is department store size. How about this one? I pointed in the direction of the shorter, more suitable trees. Each specimen was considered. Too scraggly, too full. The branches are too weak. The needles too spiny. We were in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

We found the one. It didn’t seem perfect, but it was one we could all agree on. A short ride home, and the decorating was underway.

A quick check of the equipment revealed that we had gotten rid of our yards and yards of tree lights last season. While my husband and kids ran off to the store to pick up some new strands, I took some of the beautiful fresh cranberries that I was not able to cook for Thanskgiving and set them to bubble into a luxurious Cranberry Curd. By the time they returned, my curd was setting in the refrigerator.

I found myself sneaking spoonfuls of the vivid curd – my goodness, if you love Lemon Curd, then I just know you will love this Cranberry Curd. Dare I say it’s even better? I just couldn’t stop myself! So good plain, I tell you. But I know it’ll be amazing to play around with. This morning, I tried some with pancakes. I was in heaven.

When the tree was all trimmed and it was time to admire our handiwork, we all stood back to admire it. The tree that seemed about right in the Christmas tree lot turned out to be perfect. We all agreed, it was the best tree we’ve ever had – the height was perfect, the shape was perfect, the needles were soft, the branches were sturdy. Our ornaments filled it perfectly. And then it was time for the big lighting.

And our hearts sank.

Two shades of white. Cool on the top. Warm on the bottom.

Not perfect.

We were so disappointed. And tired. And then we decided, you know what, nothing is ever perfect. The kids loved it, two toned and all. My husband and I decided to love it too. At least we know we’ll never forget this tree. And one day, we’ll laugh…and be more careful to check the lights!

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Cranberry Curd

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups.


1/2 pound fresh cranberries (a little over 2 cups)
1/2 cup water
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes


In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries and water, cover, and place over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries pop and the liquid bubbles. Pass the cranberries through a strainer, pressing well with a spoon. Be sure to scrape all the lovely red puree on the underside of the strainer into the bowl to use. Pour the cranberry puree back into the saucepan and set aside. Let it cool a tad.

Whisk together the egg yolks and egg until combined. While whisking, pour in sugar and whisk until a light yellow color. Add the egg mixture to the cranberry puree in the sauce pan, and continue whisking until creamy and well incorporated, about one minute. Place over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the custard thickens and can coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the butter, one cube at a time. Strain into a bowl or jar, cover surface with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Adapted from my Lemon Curd and's Cranberry Curd.

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by Liren Baker on December 4, 2011

55 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Cranberry Curd”

  1. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } December 4, 2011 @ 11:27 am (#

    Stunning and completely embodies the Simple Sunday theme. Love, love this! I bet it was divine on your pancakes. Liren – your photos are breath taking……Happy Sunday to you!!!

  2. Jan December 4, 2011 @ 11:32 am (#

    I can imagine this spread over crepes, or buttery toast. And I’d love to use this curd in a twist on lemon meringue pie. I think that’d be amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food December 4, 2011 @ 2:20 pm (#

    That curd is bright red! So phenomenal! Will have to give this a try!

  4. Tracey@Tangled Noodle December 4, 2011 @ 5:19 pm (#

    The idea of a two-toned Christmas tree is delightful! I am missing a lot of the trappings of the holidays such as our own tree decorated with ornaments that I’ve collected over the years (now all in storage). And don’t even let me dream about fresh cranberries: Although bags of frozen ones are available, they cost as much as Christmas tree! But, oh! How I would love a taste of this cranberry curd… 8-)

    • Liren replied: — December 9th, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

      Yikes, are they really that expensive over in Manila! Now I know what to bring you as pasalubong if I ever plan a trip :)

  5. The Blog Entourage December 4, 2011 @ 5:48 pm (#

    Holy moly!!! I love cranberries, and I love jam, curd…anything to spread on toast and pastries. This looks soooooo amazing! Thanks so much for posting it!

  6. Jennifer (Delicieux) December 4, 2011 @ 7:25 pm (#

    Wow, this looks amazing!!! I love lemon curd, and I love your gorgeous pinkish red cranberry curd. And those cranberries look amazing!! So beautiful and shiny. I only wish I knew where I could get hold of fresh cranberries here :(

  7. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet December 4, 2011 @ 7:40 pm (#

    Gorgeous photography Liren. This is a must try!

  8. Sarah @ Homestyle Cooking Around The World December 4, 2011 @ 8:35 pm (#

    I had never heard of this before- sounds absolutely delicious. Will be trying this with some of the cranberries I just stocked up on! Kudos on the great blog post/picts.

  9. Michelle December 4, 2011 @ 9:59 pm (#

    Love the color! I just made cranberry topping for cheesecake. I’m gonna post about it later this week. But this cranberry curd looks delish!

  10. Anna December 4, 2011 @ 11:18 pm (#

    At last, boring pancakes can now be exciting with help of your post! The pink-reddish color is so vibrant. I thought there was food color in there. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Denise @ TLT December 5, 2011 @ 3:03 am (#

    Beautiful pictures and I love your holiday version of a standard curd: need to try this soon!

  12. Amanda Areias December 5, 2011 @ 9:13 am (#

    Love the idea!!!! Genius!

  13. Kathryn O December 5, 2011 @ 12:14 pm (#

    Your photography is so gorgeous, I want to lick this right off the computer screen (I won’t, though, I promise). Definitely a must-try for the holidays!

  14. angela@spinachtiger December 5, 2011 @ 2:02 pm (#

    This is so unique. and, I’m thnking of ways I would use this.

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  16. beti December 7, 2011 @ 3:02 pm (#

    it looks so smooth and easy to make

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  18. Bonnie December 10, 2011 @ 8:39 pm (#

    Such a funny story. I have never ever thought to make cranberry curd but this is just beautiful. Have it on my to-do list this week. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Sue December 11, 2011 @ 8:16 am (#

    It’s beautiful! A must try! I love your tree story too:)

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  22. Norma December 20, 2011 @ 3:22 am (#

    I have some frozen cranberries and I will try to do this over the weekend for the grandkids. They like my turning them on to different things.

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  24. Martha December 31, 2011 @ 5:07 am (#

    Delicious! Instead of straining the cooked cranberries, I used my immersion blender on them. Also, I substituted honey for the suger. Mmm… perfect for jazzing up our New Year’s Eve table!

    • Liren replied: — January 1st, 2012 @ 10:33 am

      Hi and Happy New Year, Martha! Loved that you used the immersion blender – that is such a time saver and surely added some thickness to the cranberry curd. Hope everyone enjoyed it :)

  25. Joy January 1, 2012 @ 8:59 pm (#

    I adore all curds. Yours look great.

  26. Jayne January 8, 2012 @ 3:08 am (#

    Gorgeous photos! I love the sound of this, its on my “to make” list!

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  28. marla November 29, 2012 @ 6:27 pm (#

    I am obsessed with cranberries! The way they look + taste. Beautiful recipe that I MUST try!

    • liren replied: — November 30th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

      Thank you, Marla! It’s been too long since I last made this, I’m so excited cranberries are back!

  29. Alyssa December 4, 2012 @ 11:33 am (#

    Could a person can this? Or pressure can? Or would it do something funny to the texture? I would like to give these as gifts.

  30. Tracy December 22, 2012 @ 8:00 pm (#

    Ok, I just made this to give to my mom for Christmas and let me tell you… amazing! I was licking the spoon! I mean, I could just eat this on it’s own. I will say though, it’s really not very tart, which is fine, but if you like a really tart cranberry taste, I’d say use more cranberries or less sugar.

    But really, really yummy!

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  33. Olivia September 4, 2013 @ 1:53 pm (#

    How much does this make? It looks amazing.

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  35. Michele September 27, 2013 @ 4:06 pm (#

    I buy cranberries when in season, and finish out the season with at least 12-15 bags in the freezer so I can have some all year. This looks amazing! I’ll definitely be making it!

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  38. hanna December 8, 2013 @ 4:15 pm (#

    oh jeez 2-toned lights. give me a BREAK. im totally going to make this recipe, but there are more important things going on that 2-toned lights.

  39. emily December 19, 2013 @ 10:11 am (#

    can you freeze this and use later??

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  42. Holly January 5, 2014 @ 3:14 pm (#

    i just made this lovely. URL and it is sitting in the fridge to chill. Like you, I keep sneaking spoonfuls. Thanks for the recipe… I will definitely be making this again for gifts!!

    • Liren replied: — January 6th, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

      Holly, I’m so glad. It really would make a wonderful gift for the holidays, love that idea! Thanks for the notes on the eggs, great to know!

  43. Holly January 5, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#

    Side note, I only had three eggs in the fridge so I used two egg yolks and one whole egg…. Seems to be fine so far!

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  48. Erin November 24, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#

    how much does this make?  I made the purée, but I think I may have cooked it too long (I got caught up doing laundry) and it doesn’t seem like there’s much purée.  How much am I supposed to have?

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