Vanilla Pear Sauce

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. 

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.

 

Now onto this amazing vanilla pear sauce.  I went grocery shopping this weekend and was tempted by a bag of mixed pears – bosc, red and green bartlett.  I put them in my cart, checked out and while putting them away I thought to myself “hmmmmm…what am I going to do with all these pears?”  Of course there is the option of eating them but I would get bored of the pears before I finished the bag.
So I searched and came across this little gem of a recipe for vanilla pear sauce. So this morning when I finally rolled out of bed I got into the kitchen and started cooking.  Immediately the delicious smell of sweet pears and vanilla started filling my kitchen. It was amazing. They should capture that scent and turn it into a candle – can you hear me Yankee Candle?

The best part about this recipe is that you can play around with it and use any flavors you want. I opted for sticking strictly with vanilla but if you wanted to add cinnamon, cardamon or even nutmeg I think they would all be equally delicious. Since my pears were not overly sweet I also added just a little bit of vanilla sugar.  Although, the sugar addition is completely up to you.  It all depends on how ripe and sweet the pears are that you use.

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.

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Vanilla Pear Sauce

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.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 mintues

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 pears (I used a mixture of bosc and red and green bartlett)
  • 1 vanilla bean - cut and scraped
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water (you could also use pear juice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

Source: Linden Tea

Directions:

Peal, core and cube pears.

Put into medium size pot, add the insides of the vanilla bean as well as the empty pod. Add 1/2 cup water and cook on medium. If your pears are ripe they should start getting soft as soon as they start to warm. If your pears are more firm you may need to add more water and cook for longer until soft.

Take out vanilla bean pod. Once pears are soft smash them with a potato masher. If the sauce is watery then cook down until thick. If you think the sauce is not sweet enough you can now add the vanilla sugar.

Let the sauce rest until room temperature and then store in the refrigerator.

Serve warm or cold.

23 Responses to “Vanilla Pear Sauce”

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    megi — February 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am so glad you liked the vanilla pear sauce, it’s our favourite, especially a favourite of my 14 months old daughter, which reminds me that I should make some soon. 🙂

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    megan — February 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I would have stuck to the vanilla too. it sounds delicious!

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    Joanne — February 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    If any dish could get me to like pears I believe it would be this. I should show it to my roommate because she always has pears that she’s trying to get rid of!

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    Shelby — February 22, 2011 at 5:07 am

    This is a first for me – have never seen this before. Sounds wonderful and Yankee Candle should be listening!

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    Cakelaw — February 22, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I have never heard of vanilla pear sauce before, but it sounds awfully nice. I am a pear fan!

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    Barbara — February 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I love this idea! You could use it exactly as you use applesauce….
    And you’re right, it would smell wonderful while cooking.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — February 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Good idea to make all those pears into a sauce. I think my boys will prefer pear sauce to apple sauce. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    rebecca — February 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

    great recipe and i bet it would freeze for later as well, thanks for the congrats 🙂

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    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — February 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Yes, please.

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    Erica — February 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

    YUM! Josh & I eat unsweetened applesauce pretty much daily….so I’d be all over this! And the idea of vanilla mixed in sounds just fabulous.

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    Tanvi — February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    This is a great recipe to use up those extra pears.Came to know your blog via Faith of An edible mosaic..Loving it already 🙂

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    pigpigscorner — February 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This is new to me. The vanilla sounds like a lovely addition.

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — February 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I simply adore pears, so this sounds right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing your blog on the My Baking Addiction Facebook page!

    -Jamie
    MBA

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    Chaya — February 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This is wonderful. What a refreshing dish, Brandy.

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    5 Star Foodie — February 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    So delicious! This would go nicely with lots of different things!

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    Katrina — February 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I just recently made some homemade applesauce, but I love the idea of adding the vanilla.

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    Blond Duck — February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I love pears! I’d probably just drink the stuff!

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    Heather @girlichef — February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I can just imagine the fabulous smell!!! This sounds delicious.

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    Doughmesstic — February 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

    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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    grace — February 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

    clearly, i’d have to add cinnamon, but even without my favorite spice, this must be delicious. forget apples–long live the pear! 🙂

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    Reeni — February 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

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

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    Chiara — February 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

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

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    BigFatBaker — February 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

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