I’m posting my recipe for pear sauce today since you’ll need it for tomorrow’s post. It’s a very plain pear sauce—straight up pears that have been cooked down with some water and lemon juice.
I was making pear sauce yesterday, and my husband was home for Martin Luther King Day. He saw me about to peel all of these pears and asked if I needed help. I said, “Sure!” I told him that peeling pears is much harder than peeling apples. Apples are round and softer, so I just peel the skin quite easily by turning the apple. Pears are a different story, and they take longer due to their shape and firmness. So I was pumped for his help!
Then he asked me if I used a peeler. A peeler? I had never thought of that. I associate peelers with vegetables, not fruit. I always used a knife. How come I had never thought of using a peeler? It may not sound like a big deal, but it was a huge time saver to use a peeler. See, there really is always something you can learn.
This recipe is so simple – even more simple than applesauce. If I didn’t know better, I’d think there were spices added to this pear sauce. It’s incredibly flavorful and tasty. I was following my Skat around yesterday with the spoon saying, “Taste this! Taste this!” It’s that good. We only allowed ourselves a few bites since I needed to save it for tomorrow’s recipe.
3/4 cup pear sauce
2¼-2½ pounds of pears (this weight is before peeling and chopping).
½ cup water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Wash, peel, remove cores, and cut pears into small/medium slices.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the pears, water, and lemon juice to a boil. Give the pears a stir and reduce heat to medium for a lively simmer.
- Cover the pot for 40 minutes, checking every 10 minutes, stirring the pears to help them cook evenly and break down. You know it’s done when the pears are very soft. Once you reach 30 minutes, start mashing them a bit when you check on them.
- Once done, mash with potato masher to turn them into pear sauce. You could also use a fork, but the potato masher works best. You can also use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree once the pears have cooled a bit.
- I used green pears. I suspect you can use whatever pear variety you like and have available to you.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (¼ cup): 78 Calories, 0g Fat, 1mg Sodium, 20g Carbohydrates, 5g Fiber, 13g Sugar, 1g Protein