Somehow the holidays seem to inspire people to send fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I love fruit, and am sure most of you would love to have some great fruit sent to you. But when two people living alone are faced with a dozen pears and a crate of apples all at the same time, something has to be done! I came up with this simple reduction thinking the cooked fruit would last a few days later than the overripe pears in my refrigerator. I threw in a couple of apples because they seemed to be going a bit soft. And why would you ever make applesauce without a couple of cinnamon sticks, right? If you want a simple fruit dessert or side dish that’s lighter than the heavy holiday desserts you might have indulged in, give this a try!
- 4 very ripe pears
- 2-4 ripe apples
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- sugar, to taste (I used ½ cup)
- Peel and roughly chop the pears and apples, then combine with cinnamon sticks and sugar in a saucepan. Bring just to a boil, then simmer on medium low until the fruit is soft and the liquid has evaporated a bit. Remove cinnamon sticks and mash or puree to desired texture.
- Enjoy warm with pork or chicken, or cold as a dessert. May also be spooned over ice cream as a topping.