You can’t beat a good homemade applesauce recipe. It just tastes so much better when you make it yourself, with fresh apples. We didn’t think homemade applesauce could be any better until we found some really over-ripe pears on the counter. Deciding to add ripe pears to our batch of applesauce was not only a great idea, it was incredibly delicious!
The sweet flavor of pears balances so perfectly with ripe apples and what we have here is a winning combination of the perfect pear applesauce recipe. To amp it up even more, we added some extra spices, which you can easily customize with your favorite spices.
What ever you decide on the spices, make it your own and enjoy making homemade pear applesauce to use up all the great fruit of the season!
Homemade Spiced Pear Applesauce Recipe
Yield: about 1 quart
Total Time: 30 min
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- 2 pounds (910g) pears, peeled cored and cut into 1" chunks
- 1 pound (455g) apples, peeled cored and cut into 1" chunks
- 2 tablespoons (30g) packed brown sugar, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground clove or nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (120ml) water
- lemon zest, from 1 medium lemon
- Combine all ingredients (pears, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove or nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, water, and lemon zest) in a sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat till the mixture reaches a low boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes, or until the pear and apple chunks becomes soft and tender. Cooking time will vary depending on the ripeness of the pears and apples.
- Allow sauce to cool, then mash or blend in a blender/food processor to your preferred texture and consistency.