Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve been looking for a cranberry sauce recipe to make this year for Thanksgiving, look no further. This Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet with a hint of warmth from the port, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving prep is in full swing around the house these days. Our new dining room table is getting delivered tomorrow, we placed the order for our turkeys, and we finally got the guest room all cleaned up and ready to go. As for the menu planning, I think I’ve finalized the meal portion of the day, but the desserts are all still up in the air.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

I’m planning to make some recipes that I know and love, like this <a href="http://www.beantownbaker.com/2008/11/depths-of-fall-butternut-squash-pie.html"Depths of Fall Pie and these Pecan Pie Cookies. Hubby’s mom is making her famous Chocolate Mousse and her boyfriend is making his famous pumpkin pie. I’ll probably throw in a new recipe to round out the dessert table, but I haven’t had time to play around in the kitchen to figure out what just yet.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

There were a few cranberry recipes I wanted to test out. I love this Classic Cranberry Sauce recipe and I plan to make it, but I also wanted to make something with a bit more pizzazz. A dressed up cranberry sauce. This was the first candidate on my list of recipes and I stopped testing recipes after one bite of this cranberry sauce. It’s sweet and tart with chunks of fig and cranberry dancing around together. The rosemary and port provide a subtle warmth that round out the sauce nicely. I left mine fairly chunky, but you could also puree it for a smoother consistency.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

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Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

This Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet with a hint of warmth from the port, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar.

Yield: ~3 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups ruby Port
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
8 dried black Mission figs, stemmed, chopped
1 6-inch-long sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients except the cranberries and white sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until brown sugar dissolves.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the rosemary stems. Stir in cranberries and sugar.

Cook on medium until cranberries burst, stirring occasionally. Once liquid has reduced slightly, remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve (may be made up to a week in advance).

Recipe from Bon Appetit

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14 Responses to “Pecan Pie Brownies”

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    Blog is the New black — December 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Looks tasty!

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    Jessica Steele — December 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    These look like heaven!!!

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    Shannon G — December 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    way to kick pecan pie up a notch! fabulous 🙂

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    Mal — December 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These look absolutely amazing, I can never resist pecan pie

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Megan — December 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I actually did make chocolate pecan pie for Thanksgiving… and quite a boozy one too! I think these pecan pie brownies would have gone over well. I’ll keep them in mind for next year!

    • beantownbaker — December 4th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      Boozy definitely means better in my mind!

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    Sarah C — December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    These are in the oven now. I can’t wait to try them! Confession – I don’t think I can wait for them to cool overnight before I have a taste.

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2012 @ 11:30 am

      Hope you liked them!

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    Kelsey — December 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a great recipe, Jen!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Holy yum!

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    Kelly Anne — December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

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    ashanti kimble — June 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    those hing look so good before i even try to cook them so awesome baby who ever invented those you are awesome so so good mmmmmmmm………..

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    Janessa J — November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I found that baking the brownies for only 10 minutes before adding the rest was not long enough. The pecan pie topping fell right into the brownie batter and 55 minutes later,and what is left on the top is hard as a rock and the brownie still gooey and a little runny. I won’t be able to cut into squares but it still tastes good so I will chop it all together and we can eat with it a spoon and some ice cream.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      Bummer that they didn’t bake all the way through for you. Although underbaked brownies are one of my favorite desserts ever! Glad you still enjoyed them.

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