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Pear sauce?

Is there a reason we see applesauce everywhere and not pear sauce? A texture issue perhaps? If anyone has made it, would love to know. I have a glut of pears and I was thinking of using the same technique as my applesauce: peel and slice them into chunks, add a ton of cinnamon and a few cups of water, and simmer them in a Dutch oven until they break down into sauce.

asked by Posie Harwood about 2 years ago
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Cav
added about 2 years ago

I've used a pear sauce with green pepper corns for a duck dish.
Made it the same way I do an applesauce: Small dice on the fruit, into sauce pan with a touch of the fat from the protein, a splash of water and use brown sugar and salt to season to taste.

If you're going to use it as a sweet sauce, I'd cook it plain without any spicing. When reheating the sauce for use, or when portioning it out, I'd spice and sweeten to taste rather than risk the pears getting overpowered.

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added about 2 years ago

Once you've got the pear sauce, you can take it a step further and make pear butter. Exact same method as apple butter. I prefer it with light spicing and some acidity from lemon juice or cider vinegar, but that's a matter of taste.

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AntoniaJames

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added about 2 years ago

sfmiller, to your point: I agree! I always add some tart, recently pressed local apple cider to my pear butter. ;o)

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ktr
added about 2 years ago

I just made pear butter a few days ago and it is basically just pear sauce boiled down. I cored them and threw them in the blender with the peels on and blended them until they were smooth. I would have called it pear sauce at that point. Because they are so juicy and soft you shouldn't need to add any water.

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added about 2 years ago

Roast them with ginger, cinnamon and a touch of unfiltered apple cider, with perhaps a small soft apple or two. If the peels are soft, as they are on Bartletts, don't bother paring, though you might want to buzz in a food processor after roasting to break down any large pieces of peel. Add dairy butter to roasting pan for extra goodness. ;o)