Pear Sauce then and now

pear sauce

Cheesy alert! I’m posting such a warning in the far chance either of my Beauties ever stumble upon this post. (I’m sparing them an eye roll.)

But I’ll tell you that I had one of those nostalgic moments again. One of those moments when I’m doing something mundane, like cleaning a bowlful of pears from the backyard, and voila, you’d think I just chopped an onion. Not the full out bawl kind of onion. No, no, just the teary, misty eye kind of onion. Except replace the onion with a pear.

Our backyard pear trees have been fruiting profusely- a very welcome contrast to last year’s single lonely pear harvest.

pear tree

Pears should be picked when greenish yellow in color and allowed to fully ripen indoors, not on the tree. If they ripen on the tree, they’re likely to taste mealy and mushy and resemble pear sauce. Which is what I made yesterday and hadn’t made in years. Many, many years.

cooking pears for pear sauce

As in the last time I remember making pear sauce it was for my little girls. My girls who started their senior and junior years of high school today. Makes you want to eye roll, doesn’t it?

Now I’m not “that” kind of mother who wishes her kids would stay young forever. Heck no, not at all. I have thankfully relished every phase of their growing up and continue to relish their maturing, their new and exciting experiences, and the prospect of all those that lie ahead.  But there’s that itty bitty pang of realization that time continues to pass. A reminder to keep hugging and holding and cherishing those sweet moments of, “oh, I remember when you used to make this when we were little” sweet pear sauce memories.

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If you’ve never tasted pear sauce you don’t know what you’re missing. Sweet, cinnamon-y,  and satisfying, pear sauce is a bowl of comfy warmth both literally and figuratively.  Low in fat and calories, high in fiber and essential nutrients, pears are naturally sweet on their own so the sugar in my recipe is completely optional.  Enjoy!

Pear Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 6 Cups sliced pears, peeled, cored, and seeded
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until pears are tender and the mixture has cooked down.
  3. Blend to desired consistency.

 

 

 

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