Have Too Many Pears? Make Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce!

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I absolutely love pears and they are one of the few fruits that I can usually find organic at my local grocery store.  Needless to say, I buy a lot of pears! A couple of weeks ago, I stocked up on pears as usual but then we had to leave town for several days for a family emergency.  Do you know how quickly pears go from ‘just right’ to ‘way too ripe’?  Well, let me tell you, it takes only a few days!  I came home from our trip to find a basket full of very over  ripe pears sitting on my counter!

over ripe pears

I started looking for recipes for over ripe pears and came across lots of ideas for canning but that was just way too much work.  I decided to create a Crock-Pot pear sauce just like I would make with apples.  The addition of lots of brown sugar gives it a very sweet caramel flavor and I also added some vanilla.  If you prefer a different flavor you could go lighter on the brown sugar and add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.  Making this pear sauce in the crockpot means there is practically no work required other than peeling the pears.  I am all for delicious pear recipes that require very little work!

Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce

So, what do you do with this delicious pear sauce?  Well, as I type I am spooning it out of a bowl and directly into my mouth.  A deliciously sweet treat after dinner, just as it is!  I have also put this pear sauce into a bowl of Greek yogurt for breakfast or topped my kids pancakes with it.  You could serve it alongside ham or pork roast for a fancy dinner, just like you would applesauce.  I’m sure there are other uses but those are the ones I have discovered so far.  I will have to make another batch soon since it has disappeared quickly!

Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce Recipe

 Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce

Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce!

Sweet and delicious way to use up lots of pears!

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  • 8 to 10 pears, the riper the better. Peeled, cored and chopped.
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water or apple juice


  1. Place chopped pears, brown sugar, vanilla, and water/juice in a crock pot.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Remove cover and mash with potato masher. You can use a hand blender to mix if you want a smooth consistency but the potato masher will leave it a bit chunkier.
  4. Leave cover off and continue to cook on high until it reaches desired thickness. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  5. Let cool and store in covered container for up to 2 weeks. Eat as is or use as a topping for pancakes or a side dish with dinner.


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  1. Yum! We'll have lots of pears in the fall when our tree fruits.

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