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. 

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 45   |    Makes: 4 Servings


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


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the pears in the pot and put the pot on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low.
  2. Stir in the maple syrup. Cover the pot (if your pears aren’t super juicy, add 1⁄4 cup of water).
  3. 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.
  4. Cool the pears for 10 minutes, then mash them with a potato masher (or puree them with the food mill or food processor).
  5. 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)