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Pear Mash

pear beauty

Pear Mash

Pears make for a delicious change of pace from the more usual apple in this easy, fragrant fruit sauce. Eat it as is, swirl in a dollop of yogurt, or freeze the sauce in small plastic containers for a lunch-box dessert that doubles as an ice pack. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Blender (adult needed)


  • 4 large, very ripe pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  • Put the pears in the pot and put the pot on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low.
  • Stir in the maple syrup. Cover the pot (if your pears aren’t super juicy, add 1⁄4 cup of water).
  • When the pears are simmering, turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, for 20 minutes, or until they are very soft and falling apart.
  • Cool the pears for 10 minutes, then mash them with a potato masher (or puree them with the food mill or food processor).
  • Cool to room temperature, then serve right away or refrigerate, covered, up to 5 days. 


Note: This is a good way to use overripe pears that might look too ugly to eat! 
Mild pear sauce makes a perfect backdrop for other flavors. After you puree the sauce, try adding any of the following:
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh ginger
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cloves
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or strawberries  (add these at the beginning of cooking) 
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