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Apple-Pear Sauce

apple and pear varieties

Here’s a little twist on traditional applesauce, Apple-Pear Sauce.

Fall is upon us and apples and pears are in season and in abundance. To create a complex flavor and varying textures I like to use three varieties of pears and apples. I used Bartlett and Starkrimson, which are sweet and juicy pears with a softer pulp, and Bosc, which is less sweet and firm in texture. The apples, which I sourced from The Whittier Fruit Farm during my recent trip to Rochester, included SweeTango, crisp with good acidity, Jonagold with a sweet honey flavor, and a Macoun, with a firmer texture. To highlight the vanilla undertone of the pears, I add a vanilla bean and a little lemon zest for acidity.

The recipe comes together easily and with few ingredients. Simply peel and core 6 pears and 6 apples and cut into about 1-inch cubes, the smaller the size the shorter the cooking time.

To core apples, use a melon baller. The stems of the pear extend down to the core. Quarter the pear and use a paring knife to slice top to bottom to remove inner stem and core.

coring pears

To get to the seeds of the vanilla, make a slit at the end of the bean, but don’t cut through to the bottom. Slide the knife between the pod and run the knife down the bean to split it in half lengthwise.

splitting a vanilla bean

Scrape out the seeds with the edge of a paring knife.

scraped vanilla bean

Add 1/4 cup cold water, the vanilla bean seeds and the lemon zest. Cover and cook over a very low flame. Low and slow is the way to go – high heat only scorches the fruit and that flavor permeates the entire sauce.

chopped pears and apple in saucepan

Stir every 3 minutes or so to move the fruit on top to the bottom. Once the fruit starts to break down, raise the heat a bit, just a little bit, and leave the cover askew. These are juicy fruits and it’s good to let a little of the liquid evaporate. A loose apple-pear sauce isn’t as tasty or pleasing to the palette.

The sauce is usually done in 30 to 40 minutes, again this depends on the size of the fruit. An unripe, extra-firm fruit can also take a little longer to cook. To test, push a few fruit cubes against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon. The sauce is ready when easily smashed.

Mash with a potato masher. I like my apple-pear sauce to have a little texture and leave some small chunky pieces. Don’t use a blender, food processor or immersion blender, however, the harsh processing destroys cell structure and the sauce becomes a soup.

Cool, place in jars, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

apple-pear sauce in jars

Serve warm or at room temperature.

apple-pear sauce in a bowl

Recipe doubles easily and freezes well.

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Apple-Pear Sauce

apple-pear sauce in a bowl

Here’s a little twist on traditional applesauce, Apple-Pear Sauce. Use a variety of pears and apples for complex flavor and texture.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups; 10-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
Scale

Ingredients

6 assorted pears
6 assorted apples
1 vanilla bean, seeds only
zest of one lemon

Instructions

The recipe comes together easily and with few ingredients. Simply peel and core 6 pears and 6 apples and cut into about 1-inch cubes, the smaller the size the shorter the cooking time.

To core apples, use a melon baller. The stems of the pear extend down to the core. Quarter the pear and use a paring knife to slice top to bottom to remove inner stem and core.

To get to the seeds of the vanilla, split it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with the sharp edge of a paring knife.

Add 1/4 cup cold water, the vanilla bean seeds and the lemon zest. Cover and cook over a very low flame. Low and slow is the way to go – high heat only scorches the fruit and that flavor permeates the entire sauce.

Stir every 3 minutes or so to move the fruit on top to the bottom. Once the fruit starts to break down, raise the heat a bit, just a little bit, and leave the cover askew. These are juicy fruits and it’s good to let a little of the liquid evaporate. A loose apple-pear sauce isn’t as tasty or pleasing to the palette.

The sauce is usually done in 30 to 40 minutes, again this depends on the size of the fruit. An unripe, extra-firm fruit can also take a little longer to cook. To test, push a few fruit cubes against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon. The sauce is ready when easily smashed.

Mash with a potato masher. I like my apple-pear sauce to have a little texture and leave some small chunky pieces. Don’t use a blender, food processor or immersion blender, however, the harsh processing destroys cell structure and the sauce becomes a soup.

Cool, place in jars, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Recipe doubles easily and freezes well.

Keywords: apple sauce, pear sauce, condiment, Thanksgiving dinner,

Applesauce

 It’s always fun when your children come home for a visit and it’s especially fun for us when they bring along a bunch of  hungry friends; especially when they have no food restrictions/requirements. They were in for a surprise as I was experimenting with turkey meatloaf. It was okay, not spectacular. My
applesauce on the other hand is a proven success for many years.
 Applesauce is one of the easiest recipes to make and one I taught every semester in the first week of our food lab at NYU. I hope none of my students ever purchased jarred applesauce again!
Purchase a mix of at least 3 varieties, such as tart Granny Smith, sweet McIntosh and Golden Delicious with its honey-like overtones. There are two methods for making applesauce. The first is good for a small batch, the second for large batches.
applesauce
Peeled and Cored Method
Peel, core and cut the apples into chunks – the smaller the pieces the faster they cook down.
applesauce

Pop these into a covered sauce pan with 1/4 cup cold water. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally  Once the apples begin to break down turn the heat up a little. The apples are ready when easily crushed against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Mash and season with ground cinnamon.

applesauce

Unpeeled Method
Wash the apples and cut into chunks – the smaller the pieces the faster they cook down.  Pop these into a covered sauce pan with 1/4 cup cold water. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally. Once the apples begin to break down turn the heat up a little. The apples are ready when easily crushed against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.
Ladle small batches into a food mill placed over a large bowl or saucepan and process to remove skins, core and seeds. Scrape the food mill clean between batches. Season with ground cinnamon.
Applesauce is best served warm, nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and nuke again.
Freezes well.


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Applesauce

applesauce

Use a variety of apples, such as Granny Smith, McIntosh and Golden Delicious, for a complex tasting applesauce.

  • Author: Trish Lobenfeld
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Fruit
Scale

Ingredients

9 apples
1/4 cup cold water
ground cinnamon, to taste

Instructions

Peeled and Cored Method

Peel, core and cut into chunks – the smaller the pieces the faster they cook down.

Pop these into a covered sauce pan with 1/4 cup cold water. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally. Once the apples begin to break down turn the heat up a little. The apples are ready when easily crushed against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Mash and season with ground cinnamon.

Unpeeled Method

Wash the apples and cut into chunks – the smaller the pieces the faster they cook down.  Pop these into a covered sauce pan with 1/4 cup cold water. Turn the heat on low and stir occasionally. Once the apples begin to break down turn the heat up a little. The apples are ready when easily crushed against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.

Ladle small batches into a food mill placed over a large bowl or saucepan and process to remove skins, core and seeds. Scrape the food mill clean between batches. Season with ground cinnamon.

Notes

Applesauce is best served warm, nuke in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and nuke again.

Freezes well.