I was looking through fruit tree catalogs earlier today, poring over the various heirloom pear varieties, and trying to decide which ones to order for planting this spring. It reminded me that I never made good on my promise to post my super-easy recipe for slow cooker spiced pear sauce, this fall. So I figured, better late than never!
This slow cooker spiced pear sauce is absolutely the easiest thing to make. And it really does make the house smell like sweet, spicy, heaven! The fragrance alone is more than enough excuse to make up a batch.
This recipe was something we concocted this year during pear season, when my sweet inlaws brought us a wonderful bounty of fresh, ripe pears. I had just finished canning load after load of applesauce, so you’d think everyone would have been a bit sauced out. But nope! From the first batch, when the scent of sweet pear and hearty spice started to fill the house, we were hooked. Izzy called it her “special sauce”, and delicately relished every bite. Duncan just shoveled, gleefully. It really was one of his absolutely favorite first foods. Applesauce was for the birds, after this stuff.
I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we all do! Now – back to these fruit tree catalogs. Clearly, my backyard is in need of a pear tree (or 2, or 3) – and I’m still trying to decide which variety to order. If you’ve got a recommendation, by all means – please help me decide!
Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce
A rustic, spicy pear sauce, that's just so easy to make!
- 4 lbs pears chopped
- 2 large oranges peeled and chopped
- 1 large cinnamon stick broken into pieces
- 15 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup honey (optional)
Add fruit and spices to crockpot, and cook on low for 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
Cool slightly, then put through a food mill or sieve.
I prefer this recipe with no added sweetening, but you can also sweeten to taste with a little honey - 1/4 cup should be plenty.
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