Author Notes: I love the flavor and texture of homemade applesauce, so last year I ventured out and made some pearsauce. Loved the result - and it's great to use in baking as well! —Erin McDowell
Makes about 6 pints
- 4 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick (about 1" long)
- pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
- In a large saucepan, toss the pears, lemon juice, and water together. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
- Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pears are soft and broken down, about 30-35 minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. If you like a chunky texture, you can leave it as is. I hit it a few times with my immersion blender until it was bit more applesauce-like.
- If you want to can the pearsauce, ladle it into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace, top with lids and rings, and process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes. You can also refrigerate/freeze the pearsauce. Canned, it will keep 6-9 months. In the fridge, up to 1 month. Frozen, up to 4 months.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pears