Pear Sauce, A Simple How to

Heather says:

I know where there’s an abandoned house. Technically I suppose it belongs to a bank, but the bank isn’t keeping up the property. It just so happens that this lot has a couple of pear trees. Oh, these aren’t grocery store pretty pears, these are mottled and ugly cooking pears. I suppose there is a name for them, but I don’t know it. Do you?

In September the pears came into season and the deer were having a field day.

I decided to have one, too.

Would you have been able to resist?

Don’t worry, I left plenty to fatten up the deer.

What does one do with a basket of ugly pears?

You peel them, of course.

Then you cut them in half, scoop out the core and cut into chunks.

Throw the chunks in a heavy pot and turn to medium low. If the pears aren’t super, dripping ripe, add a 1/2 cup of water to get things going.

And then you wait. Go ahead and give it a little stir every once in a while, but this magic takes time. Be patient and let the heat and the pears do their job. Mash a few of the pieces every now and then.

Once the pears have cooked down, you can use a blender if you like things smooth. I like it with big chunks of pear.

If you like you can add sugar to taste and a pinch of cinnamon.

I don’t bother.

The only thing that could have made this better would have been a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I was pretending to be healthy that day.

If you want to make a quicker version, you can cover the pears with water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 – 30 minutes.

I prefer to let the pears and the sugars take their time.

If you continue cooking the pear sauce you will end up with pear butter, which is amazing on toast.

This recipe is not suitable for water bath canning.

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  1. Cheri on August 12, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I have both some over ripe pears and peaches that I would like to do something with. Would it be alright to combine the two with maybe some spice like clove and cinnamon? Does this combo sound good to you? What would be the best way to add the spices if they are whole and not in powder form? Thank you I know I have a lot of questions!

  2. Milehimama on October 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I don't know what they're called but when I lived in your town I had pear tree in my backyard with the ugliest pears, too! It was huge so we had to wait for the pears to drop.

  3. Jennifer on October 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I love this recipe…I get a lot of gnarly-looking pears from a tree near my office and they make wonderful pear-ginger preserves. I have to cut out a lot of worms and bad spots, but it is worth it!

  4. Michelle on October 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I have a tree like this in my front yard and have often wondered what to do with the pears. I usually throw them away once they fall off or the kids use them for target practice against each other. I think I will check the tree today and see if there might be a few left. Thanks! If that house gets inhabitants next year let me know and I will be happy to share my pears.

    • HeatherSolos on October 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      I just might take you up on that. The kids ate all of it.

  5. Amy at CreativeSpace on October 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Are you a mind-reader? Because I was pondering what to do with my stash of ripe pears from the farmers market just a moment ago. And now I know! Thank you so much! And my family thanks you too, because if I served plain 'ol pear again at snack time, I was going to have a riot on my hands.

  6. Alice Dick on October 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    this sounds great! I don't have a pear tree, but if I ever come across a quantity of pears I'll know what to do with them.

  7. Tinkerschnitzel on October 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Thanks, Heather. Now I'm drooling. Do you have the recipe for the raspberry sauce you pour over it? Divine!

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