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Apple-Pear Sauce


Warm, naturally sweet Apple-Pear Sauce, by Katie Sechrist

 

Pear Applesauce?  Papplesauce? Appearsauce?  Whatever you want to call it, this simple and astonishingly healthy mixture of cooked apples and pears will make you cast aside your bowl of ice cream in favor of this bowl of hot fruit.  Hmm, or you could keep the ice cream and just top it with Apple-Pear Sauce.  

However you choose to eat it, there isn't a single guilt-inducing sugar, preservative, or unidentifiable ingredient.

Wash, peel, and cut 3 apples (I used what I had: 1 Gala and 2 Summer Rose) into segments.  Wash, peel, and cut 4 pears into segments.

Light a fire under a skillet, then add fruit segments as you cut them.  Add 1/2 cup water and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.  Cook about 10 minutes covered, then uncover and cook off the rest of the juice until fruit is softened.  My fruit segments were fairly large, so I ended up having to cook for 30 minutes.   I'm sure if you cut yours smaller you could add 1/2 the amount of water and cook them in 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and add to food processor.  There should still be a small amount of water.

Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Serve warm, or refrigerate for up to 4 days.  When the Apple-Pear sauce is served warm, you will not need any additional sugar.  As it cools, it might lose some of the natural sweetness, and you have my permission to add sugar to taste.

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