I was trudging through Costco a few weeks back trying not to pout that all the peaches and cherries were gone and the berries looked sad, when I saw the most gorgeous box of pears for a spectacular price. I picked them up, cheered up, brought them home and remembered that….both my children refuse to eat pears right now. (Sophie because of texture, Milo because of Sophie)
So, I had like 10 pears to go through that were ALL RIPE RIGHT NOW.
What to do but make something sweet? Duh.
I often go for pear pie (like Pear with Gruyere or Fall Fruit) in cases like these (because it’s AMAZING), but I wanted something I could
pear pair with meals or snacks (since that’s what I’d bought the fruit for in the first place). So, pear sauce.
I love my recipe for spiced pear sauce (that reminds me of my grandma’s incredible life-changing jam), but I thought something milder would be just the ticket this time.
Simmered on the stove for 15-20 minutes, cooled and pureed in a blender till velvety smooth, this pear sauce is just right. Gorgeous pear flavor, sweet enough that no sugar is needed, and a little whisper of vanilla and spices for warmth. I’ve loved eating small bowls of this with my lunches. It’s a great snack with a little granola on top, and you can even stir it into your morning bowl of oatmeal for a brilliant breakfast.
Fast, easy, seasonal, and perfectly delicious. What else could a girl want?Print
I’ve found that if I leave all the peels on, it’s a bit gritty, but I hate to lose all that fiber, so I usually peel half the pears. It works like a dream.
- 5–6 large pears (or 6–7 medium ones), peeled if desired then cored and diced
- 1/4 cup water (you could also sub in apple cider or apple juice)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Place diced pears, water, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low and continue simmering for 15-20 minutes, or until the pears are quite soft.
- Let cool, then puree in a blender, food processor (or right in the pot with an immersion blender) until completely smooth.
- Makes 1 1/2 quarts