...based on the traditional Thanksgiving side that is often shaped like a can.
Don't get me wrong—I grew up on cranberry sauce shaped like a can. I have fond memories of it, from childhood through college. In fact one of my most embarrassing (but amusing) moments of all time involve Thanksgiving cranberry sauce shaped like a can. This sounds like a total lie, but it's not. (I just tried to summarize the story in a sentence or two, though, and it can't be done...you'll just have to trust me.)
But! This recipe is so simple, so easy, and takes hardly any time or work—which is always a bonus during the holidays.
The pears do a lovely job of sweetening the ever-so-tart cranberries naturally, and then honey does the rest of the work. Plus a hint of cinnamon, my all-time favorite secret ingredient.
...based on the time I bought dried cranberries that smelled soooo good and I had to add them to the applesauce I'd already planned on making.
Applesauce is so simple to make. And I love that it's a sweet, sweet treat you can make without adding any extra sugar...because if you haven't read the memo—apples have a lot of sugar in them.
An average gala apple has 16 grams of sugar, in fact! So no need to add any extra sweetener, y'all!
Apples. Cranberries. Cinnamon.
That. Is. All.
(OK, plus a tiny bit of lemon juice.)