Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
2 (15-ounce|425 gram) bags frozen cranberries (do not thaw)
1 cup|235 grams granulated sugar
½ cup|120 ml apple cider
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
2 teaspoons thyme leaves, roughly chopped
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 small pinch kosher salt
1 whole star anise
Place everything in a medium-sized pot, stir to combine, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until reduced, stirring often. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise, stir and mash a bit with a wooden spoon, and allow to cool a bit before serving.
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