Do you like applesauce? There’s a special place in my heart for those Mott’s single serving packs. I’m a big fan of the sauce especially if it’s homemade, but I’m an even bigger fan of pear sauce. Over the years, I’ve searched high and low for jars of pear sauce and can never find any. Time to make my own.
Pears have always seemed like that sophisticated cousin who is well-traveled and gives you really nice gifts. Pears are kinda swanky, and actually have a long-standing history in European culture. Nutritionally, they’re high in fiber, Vitamin C, Copper, and Vitamin K. A winter beauty food in a curvy, green package. I’m sure someone out there got a pear basket for Christmas (hello, Harry & David), and now they’re wondering what to do with it all before it goes bad. You have my permission to take all their pears.
This recipe makes a lot and it can easily be frozen for later use. Besides just eating it straight out of the pot with a spoon, pear sauce can be a tasty topping to morning oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, waffles (!), a replacement for oil in muffin or quick bread recipes, or a sauce for poultry paired with savory balsamic vinegar. All you’ll need for this recipe is a crock-pot, a bunch of pears, and a few basic ingredients. You can even make it on the stovetop if you don’t have a crock. See how I made it in the video below.
Crock-Pot Pear Sauce
Makes 10-12 servings
12 pears, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3/4 cup water
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Toss together chopped pears, water, spices, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in crock-pot. Stir and cover with lid. Set crock pot on high for 2-4 hour (or until fruit has softened). Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to combine to your desired consistency. Sidenote: In the video, I was a bit overzealous with my immersion blender and definitely prefer my pear sauce on the chunky side.
Hope you enjoy!