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