MAPLE GINGER PEARSAUCE

We planted a pear tree five years ago and waited.

Hopeful.

It was stubborn.

I was inpatient.

I worried it was undernourished, so patted compost at its base.

I wondered if it just needed more love, so whispered sweet nothings to its tender trunk.

I fretted that it was thirsty, so poured tintures over its roots.

I feared birds would rob us of its fruit, so fastened reflective ribbons to its branches.

This year, our tree finally bore fruit.

It was exciting.


But there was one thing I hadn’t quite considered.

What to do with so very many pears.

More than we could eat out of hand.

And we are all rather fond of applesauce.

So why not pear sauce?

We gathered our pears and cut them into cubes.

piled them into a pot with maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon

cooked them until tender

and whirled them into a delicate sauce

It was delicious.

We had a lot, so shared it with friends…

including one who was very under the weather.

She said Maple Ginger Pear Sauce was exactly what the doctor ordered.

She thanked me.

I think we need to thank the tree.

(A couple of side notes: I gave the folks at Bird, a super cool shop in Brooklyn, a sneak peek at this recipe last week. They put it up on their site along with a handful more photos. Have a look here if you like. Also, I’m announcing a fun cookbook giveaway later in the week, so stay tuned.)

Maple Ginger Pear Sauce

Juicy ripe pears are cooked down with a swirl of maple syrup and a fragrant hit of ginger into a delicate, flavorful sauce that’s excellent both warm and cold. It makes a comforting snack eaten straight up, or is tasty with a spoonful of Greek yogurt for breakfast or alongside a pork roast for dinner.

• 8 large ripe pears, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 8 cups)
• 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 cup water

Put the pears, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and water into a medium pot, stir well, and set over high heat. When the liquid comes to a boil, drop the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer.

Cook the pears, stirring occasionally, until they are tender enough to mash with a fork, about 20 minutes. Be sure that a little liquid remains in the bottom of the pot at all times. If not, add a tablespoon or 2 of water as needed. If quite a bit of juice remains when the pears are nearly cooked, remove the lid and turn up the heat so excess liquid evaporates.

Transfer the pears to a blender or food processor and puree until silky smooth. Pour into a bowl or storage container and refrigerate. The sauce will firm up as it cools.

Makes about 4 1/2 cups

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  1. Sue
    10.01.2012 at 4:07 AM #

    Will make half of this recipe as I have 4 pears that are going to go bad if I don’t eat soon. Thanks, looks good.

    • katiemorford
      10.01.2012 at 10:34 AM #

      Sure, this recipe can easily be doubled, or cut in half.

  2. Alison
    10.01.2012 at 7:32 AM #

    Perfect timing! We have pear trees and I am overwhelmed! This would be great swirled into oatmeal in the morning.

    Our pears do not seem to get ripe and juicy though. Can you use slightly hard pears for this?

    • katiemorford
      10.01.2012 at 10:33 AM #

      You should be able to use your pears, even if they are firm…as long as the flavor is good. You will just need to keep a close eye on them and add more water if the liquid starts to dry up. The cooking time will likely be longer as well. If the pears aren’t especially sweet, you may also want to up the maple syrup, but you can wait until they are done and sweeten it to taste.

    • katiemorford
      10.01.2012 at 10:33 AM #

      You should be able to use your pears, even if they are firm…as long as the flavor is good. You will just need to keep a close eye on them and add more water if the liquid starts to dry up. The cooking time will likely be longer as well. If the pears aren’t especially sweet, you may also want to up the maple syrup, but you can wait until they are done and sweeten it to taste.

  3. Patti
    10.01.2012 at 12:35 PM #

    This story and recipe caused me to go buy pears (which are plentiful right now at the grocery store) and try it! Can’t wait. Thanks for another inspired idea.
    Patti

    • katiemorford
      10.01.2012 at 1:09 PM #

      Your welcome, Patti. Hope you are your gals like this.

  4. Sue
    10.02.2012 at 3:08 AM #

    Well made it last night and loved it. Had so in my millet this morning. My pears were really ripe so I only used 2 teasponns coconut sugar (had no maple syrup). Will definitely be buying more pears next time I go shopping. I left mine chunky. Husband put some on waffles.

    • katiemorford
      10.02.2012 at 7:46 AM #

      Oh good. Thanks for telling me….love all the details. I’ve never had coconut sugar…will have to have a look.

  5. Alison
    10.12.2012 at 12:34 PM #

    I just made a batch and it is delicious! Any idea how long it will last in the fridge?

    • katiemorford
      10.12.2012 at 5:47 PM #

      I’d say up to about 5 days.

  6. Sally
    10.18.2012 at 3:38 PM #

    I’ve made apple/pear sauce before, but never thought about pear sauce. I’ll have to try it.

    This is very good:

    http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/11/roasted_apple_pear_sauce.html

    • katiemorford
      10.18.2012 at 7:25 PM #

      Thanks Sally!

  7. 10.27.2012 at 8:34 PM #

    Boy, I wish I’d had this recipe last week, when I had a bunch of pears that needed to be eaten–quick! So excited to finally be on your mailing list so I start getting these yummy ideas delivered. Will definitely be trying this one!

  8. 11.20.2012 at 5:59 PM #

    I made the ginger pear sauce. It was lovely and refreshing. I think that I will add a touch more fresh ginger the next time.

    • katiemorford
      11.20.2012 at 6:14 PM #

      Sounds good to me!

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