Growing Chefs! Ontario Pear Sauce

Pear Sauce

This delicious spiced sauce makes a wonderful dessert topping, but is tasty enough to be enjoyed on its own! This recipe yields a large amount, perfect for serving a crowd or freezing extra. Try halving the recipe for a quicker batch.
3 litres
18-20 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 2 centimeter cubes1 cup water Juice of half a lemon2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1 teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon vanilla extract
PeelerLarge potMelon ballerParing knifeCutting boardMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsImmersion blender or potato masherBlender (optional)Bowls of various sizesWooden spoon

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

First, use the peeler to peel the pears. 

Cut the pear in half from top to bottom. 

Use a melon baller or a small spoon to scoop out the core, and remove the stem. 

Cut the pear into small 2 centimetre cubes.

To juice the lemon, roll it on a counter to release its juices, then cut in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl, catching any seeds and discarding them.

Pear Sauce step 5

Get Cooking!

Place all ingredients into the pot, and put onto high heat until it comes up to a boil. 

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pears have softened, about 25 – 30 minutes.

For a smooth sauce, use the immersion blender or regular blender to blend the ingredients together until smooth.

Pear Sauce step 9

For a chunkier sauce, use the potato masher to mash to desired consistency.

Serve with your favourite desserts, mix into yogurt, or enjoy it on its own!