I don’t eat pears often enough. This is what I am thinking whenever I bite into a pear. They are so mellow and subtly sweet that I firmly believe I hold them high on a pedestal. Like royalty. Which explains why I tend to stick with the standards … apples, oranges, bananas … when filling the everyday fruit bowl. Pears are exquisite and almost downright regal. They seem special and they deserve a noble place and occasion for tasting.
Or maybe I’m just in a fruit rut.
Either way, I picked up some green D’Anjou Pears and made this very special and purely simple pear sauce. And oh, is it ever delicious.
I took my recipe for Sweet & Simple Applesauce, tweaked it a bit and exchanged the apples for these luscious pears. Worked like a charm.
Purely Simple Pear Sauce
Peel four large pears (I used green D’Anjou pears) with a paring knife or vegetable peeler.
Remove the stem and seeds and chop into small bite-sized pieces. This will help cook them quicker. Taste one to make sure they are as perfect as you think they will be (wink).
Place chopped pears into a medium saucepan and add 3/4 to 1 cup of water (to just under the top layer of pears). Add brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Place on stove over medium heat and cook covered for about 20 minutes. The pears are done when they are softened, yet not mushy. Remove from the stove and allow to cool.
I use a potato masher to get to the chunky consistency I like, although the pears may also be pureéd in a food processor until smooth.
Note: If there seems to be too much liquid, you may drain some out with a strainer.
This purely simple pear sauce is absolutely delicious. The pears hold up nicely and the sweet delicate flavors won’t disappoint. I think I will be eating more of these special regal fruits … I just may have to pull my crown out when I do.
- 4 large pears (I used Green Anjou Pears)
- ¾ to 1 cup water
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Peel, core and chop the pears into small, bite-sized pieces.
- In a medium saucepan combine the pears and the water, filling to just under the top layer of pears. Add in the brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and mix well.
- Cook, covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until the pears are soft.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Mash with a potato masher (or fork) for a chunky consistency. You may also pureé the pears in a food processor for a smoother consistency.