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Vanilla Bean Pear Sauce

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This sweet vanilla bean pear sauce is the perfect switch up to traditional applesauce. Super simple to make and ready in just 30 minutes start to finish. 

vanilla bean pear sauce sitting in a while bowl

 

What is pear sauce?

Pear sauce is just like apple sauce but made with pears! 

Super simple, right? 

I think it’s a great twist up to the normal fall fruit puree. I’m always looking for ways to jazz up lunches. 

What type of pears should I use? 

Don’t stress out over the types of pears you can use. 

I have successfully used red pears, bosc pears, and Anjou pears in batches of this sauce and it has always worked out. 

The biggest thing is making sure you’re using ripe pears. That way when they hit the pan and start cooking on the stovetop they will break down relatively easily. 

If your pears are not ripe you may need to add a little more water and simmer for a bit longer until they are soft enough to mash. 

Do I have to add sugar?

No. 

It’s an optional ingredient because depending on the natural sweetness level of your pears you may not need it. 

Or maybe you just dislike overly sweet sauce. Both ok. 

I typically find I do not need to add any sugar because my pears are oftentimes sweet enough. 

Also, if you cook your pears in pear juice instead of water you will bring in a little extra sweetness too. 

What is vanilla bean paste?

Vanilla bean paste is one of the most used ingredients in my kitchen!

I rarely keep full vanilla bean pods in my baking stash so to the rescue comes vanilla bean paste. 

 

vanilla bean pear sauce sitting in a while bowl on a wooden table

 

This sweet vanilla pear sauce is the perfect switch up to traditional applesauce. Super simple to make and ready in just 25 minutes start to finish.

Vanilla Pear Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This sweet vanilla pear sauce is the perfect switch up to traditional applesauce. Super simple to make and ready in just 30 minutes start to finish. 

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chunked
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Peel, core, and chunk pears.
  2. Add pears, water, and vanilla beans to a medium-size pot.
  3. Set over medium heat and simmer until the pears starts to soften and release their juices, about 10 minutes. If your pears were somewhat hard you may need to add a little more water for a long simmer to soften.
  4. Smash the pears with a potato masher in the pot until smooth.
  5. Taste the sauce and add sugar if needed or desired.
  6. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes longer or until you have reached the desired thickness.
  7. Let the sauce rest until room temperature and then store in the refrigerator.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

  • Use pear juice instead of water for a sweeter pear sauce.
  • Sugar is optional based on the level of sweetness you desire in your pear sauce.
  • A whole vanilla bean (cut in half and scraped) can be substituted for the vanilla bean paste.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 8gSugar: 32gProtein: 1g

    This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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    BigFatBaker

    Saturday 26th of February 2011

    Oh wow! I love apple sauce! I definitely want to make this. It sounds like a healthy tasty snack :)

    Chiara

    Thursday 24th of February 2011

    Yum, what a great idea! I can see myself eating a bowl of that for breakfast!

    Reeni

    Thursday 24th of February 2011

    This sounds heavenly! I have a whole bunch of pears to use up - a nice change from applesauce.

    grace

    Thursday 24th of February 2011

    clearly, i'd have to add cinnamon, but even without my favorite spice, this must be delicious. forget apples--long live the pear! :)

    Doughmesstic

    Wednesday 23rd of February 2011

    Yum. I love pears, and I love vanilla. Of course they would be great together! This is going on my list! (Wonder how it would taste on my oatmeal?)

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