Desserts

Pear Sauce


Pear sauce is like apple sauce – full of the delicious flavor of the fruit and just as easy to make.

Total Cooking Time: 30 minutes

I am still without a kitchen, so I am on to my next Insta-Pot recipe: Pear sauce! I know what you might be thinking, wait, pear sauce? Like apple sauce? Yup! Pear sauce is exactly like apple sauce, and it is extremely simple to make! The reason that I chose to do pear sauce is because I had a lot of pears! When pear trees bear fruit, they can be very, very prolific. Since I needed to do something with all these pears, pear sauce seemed like the perfect solution.



Ingredients

The main ingredient in Pear Sauce is pears! I also used brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon to give the sauce ample amounts of flavor.

Process

01

Prepping the Ingredients

The first, and most intensive, step is prepping the ingredients. Mainly prepping the pears. I ended up peeling, coring, and dicing the pears into relatively small chunks. This will help the pears cook more evenly in the Insta-Pot. Then I threw all the ingredients into the Pot to cook.

02

Making the Sauce

I used the Insta-Pot to pressurize the pears to make them soft. I pressurized the pears for fifteen minutes, but it could be shorter (or longer) depending on the pears. If the pears are riper, they will need less time. Since mine came from a backyard, they were a bit mealier and grittier which gave them more integrity and took a longer time to cook.

Once the pears are softened, it’s time to blend. I poured the whole mixture into a food processor to make the pear mixture into a smooth sauce. A hand blender could also be used for this step but that is not a kitchen tool that I currently have. And that’s it! That’s all you need to make some absolutely delicious pear sauce. This disappeared in the blink of an eye.

Reflections

I didn’t realize how easy it was to make pear (or apple) sauce. While there is a bit of arm work that goes into it, there’s not much work when it come to cooking. Especially if you have the right machines. The Insta-Pot isn’t actually needed either. Pear sauce could easily be made on the stove but if you are without a kitchen, the Insta-Pot is a great alternative.

Lessons

Different Baking Sizes

When cooking fruit, the size does matter. The larger size of the fruit, the longer it will take to cook. This is because the heat must penetrate the fruit even further. Not only does the heat have a farther distance but it will also take longer for a consistent heat to reach the core. And, most likely, the outside will overcook because of this difference.

Pear Sauce

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dip, Snack

Equipment

  • 1 Insta-Pot
  • 1 Food Processor or Hand Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 5 lbs Pears
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Salt

Instructions
 

  • Peel and Dice Pears
  • Add Pears, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Powder, and Salt into the Insta-Pot. Mix.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes. Carefully release the pressure of the Insta-Pot by opening the vent. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer mix into a food processor and blend until smooth (or until desired consistency).
  • Enjoy!!

Notes

Don’t like pears? This recipe can easily be applied to apples as well!
Keyword Pear, Sauce

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