Pear sauce is very easy to make and can be a nice alternative to applesauce. Here, we’ve infused it with cinnamon and vanilla, which makes it seem even more perfect for fall.

Enjoy pear sauce as is or use it for baking or as a topping for pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream. It works well in place of the applesauce in these Whole Wheat Apple Muffins, but it’s even nicer spiced up with a little extra ginger.


9 or 10 D’Anjou or Bartlett Pears, peeled, cored, and sliced

2 vanilla beans

2 cinnamon sticks


Place the sliced pears into a pot with enough water to just barely cover them. Add the cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans, and simmer, covered, on medium low until the pears are tender.

Remove the cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans and puree with a stick blender. Alternatively, you can mash the pears with a potato masher, which gives the sauce a chunkier texture.