I love a ripe pear.
I like pears to be so ripe that I can press a bite against the roof of my mouth, and it simply turns to juice.
So, naturally, I almost never enjoy a good pear. I find it so difficult to tell when they are at that precise moment, and the slightest bit of crunch in a pear turns me off of it immediately. (I’m picky, I know.)
But I have found a quasi-solution : pear sauce. As in applesauce, but with pears.
This morning, I peeled & chopped 8 bartlett pears into small bits and put them in the crockpot. I added a half a cup of water*, a tablespoon of vanilla, a few squirts of lemon juice, about a tablespoon of brown sugar, & a sprinkle cinnamon. Then I stirred it all up and left it in the Crockpot on low for about 4 hours.
I was still at work when David got home at about 4:30 this afternoon. He texted me : “The apartment smells so good!” I asked him to give the pears a stir and switch the Crockpot to low, which he kindly did. And when I got home, I used the immersion blender to finalize the pear-sauce-making-process. It was amazing how fast they blended — one press of the button and each place I set the immersion blender turned instantly to a perfect sauce (really a pear butter). I didn’t want to over-do it, so I left in some chunks. And those chunks are perfect for squishing against the roof of my mouth with my tongue and having that ideal pear experience I mentioned earlier. Victory.
And, y’all, this stuff is so good. So delicious. We’re both a bit in love with it. I totally failed at taking photos throughout the process but I’ll try to add them back in next time I make this (next time there’s a sale on pears anywhere). But for now, here is a sweet little bowl of pear butter (my third of the evening):
* As it turns out, this was a bit much — there was a lot of standing juice. So I skimmed a bunch off, and then simmered the juice with a few tablespoons of sugar in a pan on the stove to make an improvised pear syrup. My plan is to add some of the syrup to a glass of cold seltzer for a homemade “pear soda.” Just another reminder that it’s okay to make mistakes — sometimes they result in homemade pear soda!