Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast Roast

IMG_9189Convenience comes in all shapes and sizes, but when it comes to turkey, rolled breast roast is what’s needed to create a great little roast turkey dinner. Typically they’re about 1.5 kg / 3# each, and serve 6-8 people. All they need is a little glaze while roasting, and everyone who wants turkey, but doesn’t want to deal with the whole bird, will appreciate them. Two versions are shown in the recipe, each is wonderful. I use either, depending on the type of marmalade I have, so have shown them both.


Rolled Turkey Breast (usually about 1.5 kg or 3#)

2 T melted butter

salt & pepper

1 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 c ginger marmalade, or orange marmalade

¼ red wine vinegar

¼ c brown sugar

Zest of one orange if using the ginger marmalade, or 1 heaping tablespoon of diced fresh ginger if using the orange marmalade

A pinch each of ground allspice, cinnamon, and cloves


Take the rolled turkey breast out of the fridge 1 hour before roasting.

Set in a parchment lined baking dish.

Baste with the melted butter ~ it will firm up on the turkey.

Season with salt & pepperIMG_9176

Preheat the oven to 350°

Roast the turkey for 60 minutes.

While it’s cooking, make the glaze.

Put all of the ingredients into a small saucepan.IMG_9175

Bring to a gentle boil, stirring to mix well.

Cook gently for 10-15 minutes until the berries are bursting and starting to fall apart.IMG_9180

Remove from the heat, stir thoroughly, cover, and leave to rest.

After the turkey has roasted for 60 minutes, remove it from the oven.IMG_9179

Snip the netting along the top, and remove.IMG_9182

Baste the turkey, which has started to brown, with some of the glaze liquid.IMG_9183

Return the turkey to the oven, and roast for another 15 minutes.

Remove the turkey from the oven and baste again, this time allowing some of the berries to stay on the roast.IMG_9185

Return the turkey to the oven, and continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 77°C or 170°F

Spoon the cranberry glaze, which will have thickened somewhat while resting, into a small serving bowl.IMG_9186

Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before serving.IMG_9187

Slice into ¼” thick slices.IMG_9189

Serve with the cranberry sauce (glaze) alongside. Excellent served with some Do Ahead Gravy, and traditional sides for a turkey dinner.


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