Easy-Easy Pear Sauce

One of my favorite simple-simple desserts, just pears sautéed gently in a little maple syrup and flecked with ginger. It's a light touch for a bite of sweetness for a weeknight dessert, also wonderful on pancakes and in smoothies.

Easy-Easy Pear Sauce ♥ KitchenParade.com, simple skillet sauce, just pears, maple syrup and a little ginger.

Real Food, Fresh & Fast. A Fall Favorite, Just Pears + Four Pantry Ingredients. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.

The Wonder That Is Fall.

So yes, autumn is settling in here in Missouri, the leaves showing signs of color to come.

Soon those leaves will flutter from on high. Soon the very light will turn honey-gold. Soon, as we walk, the dog will push her nose into piles of leaves that line the streets. Is that the scent of a mouse? another dog? or just the fun of nosing crackly bits of fresh air and dying chlorophyll?

The sounds of crickets – or are they katy-dids? – emerge from cracks alongside the house. A box turtle has taken up winter residence in a window well.

Photo Collage of fall color in the Missouri Ozarks

Here in eastern Missouri, we’re blessed by four seasons. Is fall the most wondrous of all?

In the Missouri countryside, fall color reaches its peak in mid- to late-October. These photos were taken last year in the Missouri Ozarks in a wild place mostly used for hunting and fishing.

But it's warmer in the "heat island" of metro St. Louis and the trees are different, so color won't reach its peak in the city until the last week in October or even the first week in November.

Photo Collage of fall color in the Missouri Ozarks

What's Fall LIke in Your Part of the World?

Let me know in the comments!

About This Recipe

Some times, wow, simplicity rules. That's what happens here when juicy, ripe chopped or sliced pears are gently warmed in maple syrup, keeping their shape but softening. The fruit releases its juice, which is then spiced (with ground ginger) and brightened (with lemon juice) and thickened (with cornstarch). That's it!

It takes just a few minutes to warm the pears, then the pear sauce is ready to do what you will: savor a slow spoonful at a time, dollop onto yogurt or ice cream, drape beside warm gingerbread ... so good, this. I hope you love it!

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Easy-Easy Pear Sauce ♥ KitchenParade.com, simple skillet sauce, just pears, maple syrup and a little ginger.


Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 4, easily adapted for 1 or 2 or many
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar-free pancake syrup
  • 4 ripe pears, cored and sliced
  • Sprinkle of powdered ginger
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

In a skillet, combine the maple syrup, pears and ginger. Gently cook until the pears are warmed through and soft, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and corn starch. Stir this into the warm pears and cook for about 1 minute, until slightly thick and bubbly.

Serve alone warm, or draped over yogurt, or alongside warm gingerbread, or as a pancake syrup. Any leftover? The next morning, whiz the pear sauce with a little milk for a pear smoothie.

ALANNA’s TIPS My favorite weeknight dessert is a small serving of Greek yogurt topped with a little fruit, savored one tiny spoonful at a time. With Easy-Easy Pear Sauce, I allow one pear for two people, it’s plenty.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving: 166 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 3mg Sodium; 44g Carb; 6g Fiber; 30g Sugar; 1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 4 & SmartPoints 9 & Freestyle 3 & myWW green 3 & blue 3 & purple 3

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  1. Anonymous10/27/2011

    Can I can this recipe?? Or would freezing it be better? If they can be canned would I use a water bath or a pressure canner? Would I change the recipe at all?? Thank you sorry for such an off the wall question.
    Thank You

  2. Sissy ~ Y'know, I just don't know. And I'm not enough of a canner to provide safe advice on your question. Anyone else, might you answer Sissy's question?

  3. Jeanne Guidry10/28/2011

    Just stumbled across your site looking for healthy recipes and weight watcher ones, too. I saw that you are from MO, I live in Branson...if ever in the area, lets get together. Sincerely, Jeanne Guidry PS I am on FB.


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