Chai-Spiced Orange-Cranberry Sauce

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A gentle hint of chai tea lends warm spice flavors to this sweetly aromatic, simple sauce. Pay close attention to the timing, though--too much steeping will bring out the tea's bitter notes.
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups water
2 1/4 cups sugar
5 bags black chai tea
8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (about 2 1/2 bags)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
 
Directions
1. In a 4-quart pot over high heat, combine water and sugar.  Cover and bring to a boil; then reduce heat to medium-low and add teabags.  Simmer exactly 2 minutes; then remove teabags with a slotted spoon.
2. Add cranberries and increase heat to medium-high.  Simmer, stirring often, until cranberries soften and split their skins and sauce thickens a bit, 10-15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, stir in orange juice, and let cool to room temperature before serving (the sauce will thicken further as it cools).  Or cover and refrigerate up to 4 days.
 
Notes:
Yield:  6 cups of sauce.
Categories:
Meal   DinnerDish   Side Dish
Cooking Method   SimmerPrep Time   less than 15 minutes
Cooking Time   less than 15 minutes




Carolyn Beck

Member since Jun 2008

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