Maybe you’ve never heard of Pear Sauce but I guarantee you’ll want to make this. BabyGirl doesn’t like Apple Sauce. Never has. While it’s one of those foods babies usually eat, she would never eat it. And when Hanukkah would come around and she’d dive in to latkes, I felt bad because there was no ‘sauce’ for her.
A few years ago, while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I came across a jar of Pear Sauce. Apple sauce, but made with pears! Genius! I think BabyGirl ate the entire jar herself. As I went back to get more come spring I found out it was a seasonal item. Drat! So I patiently waited until late fall and stocked up. Until they decided not to carry it any more. Don’t you hate when stores do that?
Recently, I found them in little lunch-size 4-packs. But that’s not only a waste of packaging, I’d have to buy 10 packs to just get us through Hanukkah. So, being the resourceful woman I am I figured if people could make apple sauce then I could make pear sauce.
Homemade Pear Sauce
1 pound Firm Pears (you don’t want mushy ones, and any variety will do but I use Bartlett)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
2 tablespoons water
See, 4 ingredients! How much easier can it get? OK, really, all you need are pears and water so if you want you can leave out the sugar and cinnamon.
Peel and core the pears. Cut into 2-inch chunks. You don’t have to measure, you just want the pears in larger chunks so they don’t get mushy. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl with the water. Cover the bowl and microwave on high for about 4 minutes. It might take another minute if your pears are very firm. To check if they’re done, use a knife or fork and if it pierces the pears easily then you’re ready for the next step.
Dump the pears and water (caution! they will be hot) into the bowl of your food processer. If you don’t have a food processer you should consider getting one, but for now you’ll have to use your blender. If you don’t have a blender, then user a food mill. If you don’t have a food mill, use a potato masher or potato ricer. If you don’t have one of those, mash them with a fork and don’t curse me when your arm hurts.
Once in the food processor, pulse 4-5 times. Now taste. Depending on how sweet they are and how sweet you want them this is when you add the sugar and cinnamon. Cinnamon is optional, as I know some people don’t like it. I use very little because BabyGirl is sensitive to it.
Replace the cover to your food processer and blend until desired consistency. If you normally like your applesauce a bit chunky you might want to leave the pear sauce chunky too. I’ve done different consistencies depending of what I’m using it for. With latkes, I like it a bit more chunky for texture.
Since the mixture went in hot, it may still be hot. Be careful! Remove from processer and place in airtight container and cool until ready to use. Eat and enjoy!
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