A scrumptious small batch pear sauce is so easy and tastes fabulous on so many things! Try this over pancakes, ice cream, mixed into cottage cheese, with a fruit plate, and as an accompaniment to pork chops.
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Fresh Pears - If you received those tasty Harry & David Pears this year they are wonderful to make this pear sauce. other pear varieties that make a good sauce are Bartlett and Comice pears.
- Bartlet pears are sweet, and juicy and have a soft slightly grainy texture when ripe.
- Comice Pears have mellow sweetness with a smooth, buttery texture. These make a beautiful sauce and also incredible served sliced with a cheese plate.
Apple Juice - You can use water to thin the pear sauce, use your own taste to decide. Try tasting the pear sauce before adding the liquid and if it needs a little more sweetness then use the apple juice, if not then water is just fine.
PEAR SAUCE RECIPE: Frequently Asked Questions
If the neck of the pear is tender, it should be ripe and ready to eat. If the neck is firm, you should let it ripen on the kitchen counter, check daily.
The short answer is no, you don't need to peel the pears before making pear sauce. The peels will soften during the cooking process and will be undetectable in the finished sauce. In fact, leaving the peels on can add some extra nutrients and fiber to your sauce.
Instructions to Make Pear Sauce
Peel, core, and slice the pears in half. Place cut side down onto a baking sheet and bake at 350° F for about 40 minutes. The pears should be soft and tender.
Transfer the cooked pears to a large measuring cup. Mash with a wooden spoon. Add the juice and use a whisk to smooth the sauce. If you want a perfectly smooth sauce then use an immersion blender to puree the pears.
Cool and transfer to a small 4-ounce mason jar or another container with a lid. Serve warm or chilled.
Ways to Use Pear Sauce
Pear sauce is perfect for topping pork chops, chicken breasts, or even pancakes and waffles.
- Small Baking Sheet - (←affiliate link) the small size make it perfect for baking up two pears.
- Wooden Spoon - works great for mashing the soft cooked pears.
- Small Whisk - (←affiliate link) the small sized whisk is perfect to smooth out the sauce.
- Measuring Cup - a 4-cup size is great for mixing up small batch sauces.
- Measuring Spoon
- Chefs Knife
- 2 large pears peeled, cored, and halved.
- 1 tablespoon apple juice or orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay the pears cut side down on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the pears are tender and soft.
- Transfer the cooked pears to a large measuring cup. Smash with a wooden spoon
- Add the juice and use a whisk to smooth the sauce. If you want a perfectly smooth sauce then use an immersion blender to puree the pears.
- Cool and transfer to a small 4-ounce mason jar or another container with a lid.
Pear sauce is not only a delicious and yummy condiment to have on hand, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Simply bake the pears in the oven until they are soft and then blend them into a sauce using a food processor or immersion blender. If you want to spice things up a bit, you can add some cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to the mix. So next time you find yourself with an abundance of ripe pears, give this recipe a try – your taste buds will thank you!