Applesauce is the classic pureed fruit sauce, used on everything from pancakes to blintzes to ice cream. Pear sauce has a more subtle flavor and makes an elegant addition to any food in need of a sweet side–and kids love it all by itself. This homemade pear sauce has no need for added sugar–pears are packed with natural sugar–and gets a bit of added flavor from cinnamon.
You can make a similar fruit sauce from almost any other fruit. Try plums, peaches or even pineapple or mango.
Ingredients (yields about 26 ounces of sauce)
- 3 large ripe pears such as D’Anjou, cored and chopped into half-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups water
- In medium-size saucepan, combine pears, water and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cubes are soft.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- According to desired consistency, either mash with fork or potato masher, or use food processor or hand blender.
- Allow to cool completely, then pack in glass jars and refrigerate.
- Serve as baby food or snack/desert for kids, or as condiment, wherever you’d use applesauce.