Spiced Pear Sauce

by Renee on August 29, 2013

Spiced Pear Sauce | Magnolia Days

Fallen leaves lined the side of the driveway. The first signs of summer ending were already hinting of the season to come. Soon the deep greens of the landscape will transform to yellows, reds, and oranges. The colorful display nature gives in the fall accompanies as coolness in the air. Summer fruits and vegetables cease producing. It is already almost the case at my local farmers market. Tomatoes are few and peaches are gone. Fall brings a new set of produce and some are already making an appearance. It took spotting pears at the market to lead me to make spiced pear sauce.

Actually, it took more than spotting pears. It’s also because of a little bug put in my ear by my friend Michael. Well, more than a little bug. It was a clear and brilliant suggestion. We were discussing fruit trees and the upcoming harvest. He said “You need to make pear sauce”. First I was a little hesitant because I’ve not been a big fan of applesauce. It’s a texture thing. Plus all I’ve had is the stuff from a jar and that could be the issue. So I took on the task and I am now a big fan.

Spiced Pear Sauce | Magnolia Days

Homemade pear sauce texture is up to you. It will depend on how you process it and how much you process it. You can use a potato masher, food mill, or food processor. Each will give a different texture from chunky to smooth. My version is with the food processor and on the smoother end. It is quite thick which could be easily thinned down with a little water or pear juice. A touch of spice from cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla (the real stuff from vanilla seeds) adds warmth and an extra layer of flavor.

Are you ready for fall to begin? I’m not totally ready yet. Officially there are still a few more weeks of summer to go. The wet, cooler weather this year made it seem like it never really happened. At least there are wonderful fall foods to come. It will soon be time for baked acorn squash and butternut squash soup. My how time flies…

Spiced Pear Sauce

1 hour

Makes about 2 cups

Spiced Pear Sauce

  • 4 to 5 large Bartlett pears; peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Loosely cover and reduce heat to medium-low.

Simmer until pears have softened, about 30 to 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add 1 tablespoon of water if pears seem too try during cooking.

Transfer cooked pear mixture to a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until smooth or desired texture. Stop and scrap down sides of processor bowl as needed.

Spoon into 8-ounce canning jars and wipe rims clean. Seal jars and cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Store in refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

Alternatively, spoon into a non-reactive plastic or glass storage container. Cool to room temperature, cover, and store in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days.

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Anita at Hungry Couple August 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

Hmm. I’ve never had pear sauce, although I do love pears. But I like the sound of the spices you put in there. Maybe served over some warm pound cake? :)

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Renee August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Oh yes, over warm pound cake would be great. I didn’t even think about that.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog August 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’m going to miss summer produce, but I sure do love fall. Now I need this pear sauce in my life. It looks wonderful.

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Renee August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thanks Jennie!

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Helene D'souza August 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

I am not a big fan of pears raw or baked but something I always enjoyed was a homemade pear sauce. You even add ginger, my mum wouldn’t do that but it makes sense. The ginger will just make the sauce more exciting!

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Renee August 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

There’s something about ginger and pears that I think go so well together. I had to include that spice in the sauce.

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Carla August 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I rarely eat pears, mainly bc I don’t know what to do with them. Now I can make pearsauce!

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Renee August 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I’ve always eaten pears in salads or alongside blue cheese. However, I see lots of batches of this pear sauce in my future.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I’ve thought about making pear sauce some months ago, and I don’t know why it’s not as popular as applesauce. Thanks for sharing this recipe Renee, will make it very soon!

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Renee August 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thanks Paula. I don’t know why it isn’t as popular as applesauce either. Perhaps because it is not sold in stores as much as applesauce.

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Anne @ Webicurean August 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever had pear sauce. And I’m certainly not ready for the fall–how did it get here so quickly? I definitely want to try this, though–and it’s one of those things that I’ll probably end up eating the whole pot. Fortunately it won’t be a big calorie expenditure :)

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Renee September 2, 2013 at 6:54 am

I really don’t know how fall is approaching so quickly. It was May a few minutes ago. Or it seems that way.

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Mary September 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Just wanted to let you know I made this today and it was great! So a huge thank you for the recipe! I have two picky toddlers and was looking for a new snack idea and this was perfect. I did decrease the ginger to 1/8 just because I wasn’t sure if it would be too much for them. It was perfect.

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Renee September 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks you so much Mary for coming back and letting me know how much you enjoyed the recipe. You really made my day!

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Karen September 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

am going to make this today but I never buy vanilla beans…how much liquid vanilla should I use?

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Renee September 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract but wait to add it after you cook the pears.

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Karen September 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Renee

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Martha September 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I would add a little pear schnapps for the last few minutes of simmering–cook off the alcohol but add some deeper flavor– rewarm to put over that pear and almond cake with a little ginger ice cream on the side..yum.

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Renee September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Great suggestion Martha. I’ll have to pick up some pear schnapps the next time I’m at the liquor store.

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