Living in Southern California is awesome EXCEPT when your Facebook feed is filled with stories of apple orchard trips, pumpkins, cool crisp weather and hot apple cider.  We don’t have fall here.  No leaves changing colors, no fall air.  I decided a trip to an apple orchard would help put a little fall into my California days.  My Mom (Kristy) and I took the kids to an organic apple and pear orchard in Julian, CA.

Kristy and the kids picking organic apples and pears

We ended up with a TON of apples and pears.  Kristy used the major part of our apples to make a DELICIOUS apple pie for me and my hubby’s 7 year anniversary.  Best. pie. EVER.  But what to do with the mountain of pears that we had left?  Well, of course make pear sauce!  It’s just as delicious as apple sauce and SUPER easy to make.  I put this in my slow cooker before I went to bed and in the morning I swear I was back in the Midwest!  The air was crisp (the mornings here are quite cool) and the smell had me in heaven!  This recipe also freezes really well so I can enjoy it all winter long.  YUM!

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • pears (any kind will do)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • nutmeg (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Peel and core your pears.

    Place pears in the crock pot and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg if desired

  2. Place in the slow cooker and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.  (I peeled 6 medium sized pears and sprinkled with 2 tbsp cinnamon and 2 dashes of nutmeg.  You can do as little or as much spice as you like.)
  3. Cover and cook on low until pears lose their shape and are soft and mushy - about 4-6 hours.  Let cool until it reaches room temperature.
  4. Using a fork or immersion blender, process pears until you have the desired consistency.  You can also transfer the pears to a blender and process until smooth.
  5. To make pear butter, transfer the processed mixture back to the slow cooker and cook on low until all the liquid has been cooked out and you have a thick, rich mixture.  This can take anywhere from 12-24 hours depending on how juicy your pears were.

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional info not available.

Notes:

Pear sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.  Place leftover sauce in individual freezer safe containers in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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