Hello all :)
So I am planning to make a homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving this year and am researching other's recipes to decide which flavors I want to impart and how strongly.
One element though has me stumped. I love the idea of using Star Anise in the sauce, but the recipes I have seen so far that incorporate it are wildly divergent in how much they use. (All of these are for 24 ounces of cranberries). One recipe calls for only one whole Star Anise, another calls for three, and another calls for ten! I can usually find a happy medium between recipes that I think will work well, but a tenfold difference is shocking to me.
What I want is a noticeable, and relatively powerful holiday flavor from it, without overpowering the cranberries natural flavors or making it into a "Star Anise sauce with cranberries."
I'm going to be using orange juice/zest as well, and something I'm considering is Cloves paired with the Star Anise... Is this likely to be a good pairing? How do I decide a ratio between them without letting the flavors get muddy? I'm in love with using spices but am still learning how to balance them and keep them complementary.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated :)