Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cinnamon Pear Sauce Recipe


In this "fruit belt" of Western New York, we have generous friends with fruit trees filling their yards, dropping ripe pears left and right. We've had at least 15 pounds of pears shared with us in the last week, and pear sauce was a beautiful way to use some of the pears up (particularly those that were a bit hard, or too soft, or just plain imperfect.) 

This was my first attempt and taste of pear sauce and I have to admit--I'm hooked!


Cinnamon Pear Sauce Recipe
Makes about 5 cups 

15-20 small pears, peeled and quartered 
3/4 cup water
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Place quartered pears in a 4-6 quart pot. Add in water, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Stir until evenly combined. Turn burner to high heat and allow the water to boil. Turn down to medium-low and cover. Cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer, remove lid and use a potato masher to begin mashing the pears. Simmer up to an hour, mashing periodically until sauce reaches desired consistency.  Allow to cool completely before storing in airtight containers.     


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