As far as I can remember, I’ve never really been a big fan of applesauce – unless it was homemade, and even then I’m not likely to sit down to a bowl full for a snack. Madeline, on the other hand, loves her applesauce. Store bought or homemade she doesn’t care. Either way is good to her. But Pearsauce….mmmmm Pearsauce! Now that’s something we both can agree on.
I don’t know why but Pearsauce just seems more sophisticated to me. The flavor and texture are more to my liking. Even the name sounds fancier than applesauce. When pears were on mega sale here a few weeks ago I was able to can a half a dozen jars of Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter.
I also made some Pearsauce for us, though I didn’t can it. I only made enough for us to enjoy for a couple of days. Next time pears are so cheap they’re practically free – I think I’m going to venture into canning some Pearsauce so we can have it on hand year round. It’s that good!
Pearsauce is nice for snacking on alone, but is makes a great addition to plain yogurt for some extra flavor. Next time you’re craving a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast try stirring in a few spoonfuls of this delicious Pearsauce.
adapted from Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter
3 1/2 lbs. pears, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
In a large saucepan, combine the pears, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, occasionally stirring, for 20 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a food processor, working in batches if necessary, fitted with a metal blade and puree just until a uniform texture is achieved. Do not liquefy.
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Alternatively, freeze in one cup quantities in the freezer and store for several months.