Many people know autumn has officially arrived because Starbucks has rolled out it's signature Pumpkin Spice Latte (which are not dairy-free by the way- don't get too excited).
Others know it's officially autumn because the calender has said so.
Autumn means my social media sites become inundated with pictures of my best girlfriends gallivanting through pear and apple groves, snapping the most adorable pictures with their boyfriends, husbands and loved ones standing next to trees with pounds of fruit hanging off them. They're posting pictures of overfilled baskets of hand picked apples and pears with captions that make my heart ache with envy. I want to go gallivanting through apple and pear orchards, pick my own fruit, and post adorable pictures too! Oh, life can be so cruel.
Instead I got a box of pears (picked by someone else, mind you) delivered to my front door by my lovely CSA. This is how I knew it was officially autumn, le sigh.
10 very ripe pears (you can also do this with apples!)
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean*
*If your vanilla bean is soft enough slice it down the middle and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the bean to the crock-pot. If your vanilla bean is brittle or too dry to slice just toss the whole bean in the crock pot, it will soften up with the heat.
**I have not attempted to cook on low, but if you were to do so just double the cook time.
Peel pears using a vegetable peeler.
Slice the flesh off the pears, discarding the cores.
In a crock-pot add the sliced pears, water, ground cinnamon and vanilla bean.
Cook on high for 3 hours, or until the fruit is extremely soft.
The fruit should break up with some gentle mashing with a wooden spoon. I prefer my pearsauce a little bitter firmer and chunky, so towards the end of the cooking time I keep an eye on it to make sure it's not getting too soft, then I gently break up the large pieces with the spoon. If you like velevty smooth pearsauce, cook for a little longer before gently mashing. Serve warm.
Makes 3 cups of pearsauce. Store leftovers in fridge.
Search by Ingredient: