Holiday Pear Sauce

I love a nice holiday pear sauce served next to the cranberry sauce on the family table. Pears are a part of our holidays, from salads to desserts. Sweet pear sauce fits right in. A perfect topping for Hanukkah latkes!

holiday pear sauceThis recipe is made on the stove top in a dutch oven or soup pot and yields 1-1/2 cups. It can be doubled for a large gathering and since any leftovers can be refrigerated, you don’t need to worry about having too much pear sauce.

After you cook the pears, you can make the sauce as chunky or smooth as you like. I tend to leave mine a little chunky, just mashing it all until it’s about half smooth, half chunky. If you prefer a smoother pear sauce, you can always put it into a blender, or use an immersed blender, to reach the desired consistency.

Depending on how soft your pears are, the cooking time can vary from 45 minutes to one hour. Once you are able to mash a pear chunk easily with the back of a spoon, the pears are soft enough to mash or blend. When you notice the pears are soft enough, taste the sauce and pears for sweetness. If you would like your sauce sweeter, sprinkle sugar just on the top of the simmering pears, mix, and let cook (uncovered), stirring, for two to five minutes more. This will not only sweeten the sauce, but will allow the liquid to thicken a bit.

You might also be interested in Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears, this pretty German Apple Cake, or Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Sauce.

GLUTEN FREE OPTION: This recipe will be gluten free if you use a gluten free cinnamon.

 

 

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Holiday Pear Sauce
A sweet, warm-or-cold, side-dish-or-topping to add to your holiday table. A perfect addition to a traditional menu.
holiday pear sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 5 or 6 ripe Bosc pears peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sugar for sprinkling, to taste
  • cinnamon to taste, use gluten free cinnamon to make the entire dish gluten free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 5 or 6 ripe Bosc pears peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sugar for sprinkling, to taste
  • cinnamon to taste, use gluten free cinnamon to make the entire dish gluten free
holiday pear sauce
Instructions
  1. Peel, core, and cut the pears into about 1-inch chunks.
  2. Place all of the pears into a dutch oven or large soup pan and pour 1/4 cup of water over them. Grate just enough cinnamon over the tops of the pears to slightly cover, or sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
    holiday pear sauce
  3. Turn heat on high and let cook for about one minute. The water will start to simmer or boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes to one hour, stirring occasionally.
    holiday pear sauce
  4. After the pears have cooked for 40 minutes, check for doneness by mashing a pear chunk with the back of a spoon. If the pears are not soft, continue cooking, checking them every five minutes or so.
  5. If the pears are soft, then stir the mixture and taste for sweetness. Sprinkle the tops of the pears with sugar to add sweetness. Do this in small amounts, so you don't over sweeten the sauce. Let the pears cook an additional 2 to 5 minutes after adding any sugar, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce thickens a little. If the liquid doesn't thicken any, that's ok. It's not necessary.
  6. Use a spoon or potato masher to mash the remaining pears, then serve the sauce warm or refrigerate it and serve it cold. If you make it ahead, you can reheat it in a saucepan before serving.
  7. If you prefer a smoother pear sauce, place the mixture into a blender, or use an immersed blender, and blend to the desired consistency.
    holiday pear sauce
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