Move over applesauce! Instant Pot pear sauce is the homemade fruit sauce you need in your life and your belly this fall!
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I know I talk a lot about how apples are an underrated fall flavor, but let’s talk about another truly underrated, underappreciated fall gem.
Of course, I mean the pear.
Pears really don’t get enough love, possibly because they are in season when everyone is losing their cool over the signature orange gourd of fall.
Well, this Instant Pot pear sauce will change that!
It is yummy and a bit more grown up feeling than applesauce, though kids will love its sweetness too.
Plus it comes together quickly and easily thanks to my Instant Pot.
You really only need a few easy ingredients to make this delicious sauce.
To make it you’ll need:
- Pears– Any variety of pears will work. Chop them up.
- Cinnamon– Totally optional but adds some extra fall flavor.
- Sugar– Again optional. You can omit it if you don’t like things too sweet. I highly recommend starting with a small amount of sugar, tasting and then adding more only if you want.
How to Make
This is really a quick and easy, dump and go Instant Pot recipe.
To make it, add all of the chopped fruit to the bowl of your Instant Pot.
Then, pour the water over the fruit, and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar evenly out over top.
Secure the lid on the Pot and turn the vent valve to the sealed position.
Pressure cook on HIGH for 5 minutes, then carefully open the vent valve to perform a quick release.
Once all the pressure’s been released, carefully open the lid, and let the steam clear.
Use an immersion blender to blend the pear sauce until the smoothness has reached your desired consistency.
Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
You can either spoon leftovers into an airtight tupperware container and put it in the fridge for up to a week.
Want to make a double batch- some for now & more for later? You can absolutely freeze this recipe, but you’ll need to let it cool completely first.
Transfer the amount you want to store to a freezer safe container, sealed, and frozen for up to three months.
Thaw completely before serving, and stir to bring back together if it’s separated.
Why Is My Pear Sauce Gritty?
Don’t let this turn you off, hear me out!
While pears make a delicious sweetened sauce, similar to apples- they’re a stone fruit. Instead of forming a big pit, this happens on a cellular level. The more mature a pear, the more stone cells and the grittier the fruit.
So pick pears that are sweet, but not overly ripe for this recipe.
The sauce will have a natural, slightly gritty texture. It’s not enough to turn you off, but may be a textural surprise if you haven’t tried it before.
It’s normal, and isn’t bad ‘grit’ like it may sound. More like a delicious mixture of smooth & a teensy bit grainy, but still sweet on the tongue.
Tips and Tricks
- Peeling the pears before using is totally optional. I prefer to leave mine on because it saves me time and they contain nutrients and vitamins. If you want a smoother texture, peel the fruit first.
- It’s ok to use less sugar initially, and then stir more in later to taste. Again, the sugar is 100% optional as many find the fruit itself to be sufficiently sweet. This is where making sure your fruit is nice and ripe before using will help!
- Want a chunkier texture or don’t have an immersion blender? You can mash it by hand with a potato masher.
- Making this as a first food for baby? Don’t add sugar and cinnamon and let the pear sauce cool completely before serving it to them.
Other Easy Instant Pot Fruit Recipes
This Instant Pot pear sauce is an easy variation on applesauce. Make it today and enjoy!
Looking for other easy recipes for using fruit in your Instant Pot? Try these:
- Instant Pot Quick Oats with Apples
- Pressure Cooker Apple Crisp
- Instant Pot Peach Jam
- Instant Pot Apple Cider
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Instant Pot Pear Sauce
- 12-14 cups chopped pears
- 1 1/2 - 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
- 1/3-1/2 cup sugar optional
- Add all of the chopped fruit to the bowl of your Instant Pot.
- Pour the water over the fruit, and (if using) sprinkle the cinnamon & sugar evenly out over top.
- Add the lid, closing it, and turning the vent valve to the sealed position.
- Pressure cook on HIGH for 5 minutes, then carefully open the vent valve to perform a quick release. Be careful to avoid the HOT steam.
- Once all the pressure's been released, carefully open the lid, and let the steam clear.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the pear sauce until the smoothness has reached your desired consistency.
- Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.
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