Move over applesauce. Sure, you’re delicious too, but there’s a new game in town, and it’s this cardamom spiced pear sauce. So warm, comforting, and just unexpected enough to really jazz things up, it’s the perfect way to use up the fall bounty of Bartlett pears appearing in your grocery store right now!
This cardamom spiced pear sauce is the definition of making delicious, sweet lemonade out of lemons. Let me tell you a tale. Last weekend, my parents and I made the trip up to Apple Hill, a (formerly?) charming area of the California foothills tucked between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Apple Hill shines in the Autumn weather. Gorgeous apple orchards and up and coming vineyards nestled in the beautiful foothills put on their fall colors and delicious apple treats start overflowing at every farm.
Growing up, it was a lovely place to visit as a kid, and we’d feast on crisp, just-picked apples and fresh pressed cider, always taking home a bushel to enjoy in the weeks to come. Nowadays, the gajillion people that live in California seem to have discovered Apple Hill, and the traffic during the month of October (when all the apple farms add on Halloween type features like corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and craft fairs and every family with a child under the age of 12 flocks there) is enough to make a native Californian who remembers the “good old days” scream. God, I sound old.
Anyways, we made the trek, knowing full well the chaos we were signing up for. And it didn’t disappoint. We went to 4 separate apple farms and bought only a handful of apples due to the lines and assortment. Luckily, we were able to nab our favorite pies from Bodhaine’s so we are set for Thanksgiving, but I didn’t get the bushel of apples I was counting on in order to make my yearly batch of applesauce.
The calendar for my fall blog posts now had a gaping hole. I resigned myself to overpaying for apples at Whole Foods and attacking the recipe that way. As I was making my way through the produce section toward the apples, I lamented the fact that it’s hard to make a Paleo applesauce recipe exciting. They are basically all the same. What value would my recipe add? In that moment, I noticed some gorgeous Bartlett pears and I had the proverbial Eureka light bulb experience. Why not make pear sauce, and spike it with gorgeous cardamom for a warm and cozy twist? “Yes, this is exactly what I must do” I told myself, and now I’m sharing the delciousness with you!
This cardamom spiced pear sauce is just as easy as applesauce, and will make you wonder why you haven’t been doing more with pears. I didn’t even have to sweeten this with honey, so it’s completely whole30 compliant and, of course, Paleo. I like a smooth pear sauce so I used my immersion blender to quickly puree it, but if you like a chunkier texture you can puree it only partially, leaving some bits of pear left intact.
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Cardamom and pears are a match made in heaven, and they do a beautiful dance in this simple and flavorful cardamom spiced pear sauce.
- 8 pears – I like Bartlett
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit for whole30)
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Tiny pinch of salt
- Peel and core the pears, then dice into 3/4 inch chunks
- Add the pears, water, cardamom, vanilla and salt to a large saucepan and stir to combine
- Cover and simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes, until the pears are soft
- Blend with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth
- If you prefer a chunky texture, just stop blending when you reach desired texture
Keywords: applesauce, pearsauce, pears, cardamom