Cinnamon Pear Sauce
- 7 large pears, quartered and cored (about 5 pounds)
- 1 juicy lemon, zested and juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
- ¾ cup water
- ¼–¾ cup white sugar
- ¼–½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine water, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large, heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pan. Quarter and core the pears, adding the pear pieces to the mixture as you work to prevent browning. The peel on some varieties of pears is tougher than on others. Leaving the peel on may add texture—you can peel them if you prefer.
Heat the pears and liquid mixture to a strong simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until the pears become tender. At this point, gently smash the pear quarters with a potato masher.
Simmer for 10 more minutes, then puree with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can let the mixture cool a little bit and run it through a food mill, or let it cool completely and puree it in a food processor.
When the mixture is smooth, continue to simmer, adding ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of good quality ground cinnamon. As the mixture cooks, it will reduce, and the natural sweetness of your pears will really shine. You might not need any more sugar or cinnamon; it’s all a matter of taste. It all depends on the pears used, so just taste it as it cooks and adjust accordingly.
Simmer until it’s reached your preferred thickness, stirring often to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Ladle into clean jars, run a table knife around the edges to remove any air bubbles, and then wipe rims spotlessly clean. Place a warm seal on the jar, and then screw on a band finger-tight.
Process in a boiling water bath 10 minutes, turn off heat, and let sit for 5 more minutes. Remove the jars from the kettle and let them sit in a draft-free place overnight. Store any jars that didn’t seal in the fridge for up to one month, and put the rest in a cool dark place for up to one year.
If you’d rather not seal the jars, just place the finished pear sauce in a container with a tight-fitting lid, and store in the refrigerator for a month or in the freezer for 6 months. If freezing, remember to leave an inch or so for expansion.
yield: Makes about 3 pints
Recipe reproduced with permission from Brook Hurst, www.learntopreserve.com.
- Serving Size: 4 oz
- Calories: 150
- Carbohydrate: 39g
- Dietary Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 1g
Excellent recipe. I used the cooked pear from the jelly juice I needed just added the sugar, lemon juice, zest, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Used my emmersion blender and canned the sauce.
The recipe calls for about 5 pounds of pears total, if that helps.
It would be helpful to know how many cups of pears are needed as I have small ones.
Do I cover when cooking?
Great recipe! I have two LOADED trees, this was my first stab at canning and all cans pings! I used only 1/4 cup sugar , 1 tsp cinnamon and added a tsp of vanilla. Delicious!
Very easy recipe to make real tasty. I made this sauce for the first time and just like the recipe sasays taste as you go along >
i did not put any sugar in mine only cinnamon. Put the lemon and zest and the least water as possible , pears let out a lot of water