I guess it’s official, fall is here. Leaves are falling and we had our first rain of the season (it was lovely). Our CSA produce is reflecting the change in season as well. We are still getting some tomatoes (thankfully), but the summer squash is winding done (really thankfully!) and is being replaced by winter squash. The stone fruit of the summer is giving way to crisp apples and delicious pears. This week we had the opportunity to by an extra 15 pounds of pears at a great price. Combined with the pears that we had in our CSA box already and what turned out to be closer to 20 pounds of pears, well, we were drowning in pears.
They sat around in their rock hard unripened state until yesterday, when they all ripened at the same time (of course). As a first line of defense, I immediately required each person to eat at least three pears a day. There are five of us and the pears are delicious, so it was no hardship, and that started to make a dent. Then I started casting about for pear recipes. I eventually landed on Pear Sauce. Easy. Simple. Delicous.Pear Sauce 8 ripe pears, peeled, cored and quartered 1/2 cup water 2 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for about one hour, until pears are soft. Remove from heat and mash to desired consistency. (I used an immersion blender, but next time I think I will just mash them up with a potato masher, for a chunkier consistency). Delicious!