Orange Ginger Pear Sauce and An Extra Sweet Surprise

orange ginger pear sauceOrange Ginger Pear Sauce made with sweet, juicy Starkrimson pears.

Apples or pears?

Pears or apples?

Apples and pears???

Truth is, I am much more of an apple eater than I am a pear eater.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy the taste of a ripe, juicy pear from time to time.

I do!

starkrimson pearIt’s just that I seem to forget about them.

Forget about them, as in I will buy a bunch of pears, which, quite typically, are unripe, so I leave them in a paper bag to mingle together and do their ripening dance, only to forget about them until they are a big old pile of mush.


Thank goodness Big Tex likes {make that LOVES} pears, so I am forced to buy them each season, and try and get it right.

Right, as in eat them, at their peek of  ripe juicy perfection {sliced with cinnamon on top~mmm…} OR, try something new, and cook them down in to this delectable orange ginger pear sauce.

Here’s the super easy recipe…

Orange Ginger Pear Sauce
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 3 pounds ripe pears, core & stems removed {leave skin on}
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • ½ ounce peeled fresh ginger cut in to 4 small chunks {approximately 2 tablespoons}
  1. Chop pears in to small chunks, {no need to be precise since the pears will be pureed/blended} and place in medium to large saucepan. Pour orange juice over pears and add chunks of ginger to the pan. Bring to a boil, then place lid on pan and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove pears from remaining liquid {discard ginger chunks first}, and place in a blender or food processer. Blend/process until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Serve warm, or let cool before serving.
Super sweet and juicy Starkrimson pears make this this sauce extra delicious!

chopped pearsChopped pears, ginger, & OJ in saucepan.  Note: Remove glasses that have slipped off your face & into the pan during photo shoot, before cooking.

cooked pears in blenderBlend cooked pears in blender or food processor…

pear sauceEnjoy ginger pear sauce “straight up” or see some easy serving suggestions below.

Nutrition & Serving Notes:

  • Yes! Pears are nutritious too, especially when you leave the skins on. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, research studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh, and half of the pear’s total dietary fiber.  What this means in non-nutritionist speak, is that pears, like so many other fruits and vegetables, may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potentially anti-cancer effects.
  • In addition, red skinned varieties, such as the Starkrimson pears I used, also provide additional health benefits, since they contain anthocyanins, pigments that provide coloring to fruits, vegetables, and other plants, and have powerful antioxidant properties. P.S. Anthocyanins make fruits & veggies look gorgeous too!
  • Because of these phytonutrient benefits, intake of pears has been associated with decreased risk of several chronic conditions including heart disease and type two diabetes.
  • Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
  • Serve this orange ginger pear sauce up straight {warm is extra delicious} or try it mixed in to cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or oatmeal.
  • For an extra decadent, yet still somewhat healthy treat, do what I did and mix warm pear sauce into fresh ricotta cheese.  So incredibly delicious!

And for my extra sweet surprise….Oh, my goodness, make sure and save the remaining orange juice that has simmered down! It has a lovely gingery essence, and pairs fabulously stirred into a little melted butter or coconut oil to go on top of these coconut flour pancakes or these gluten-free crepes!orange ginger pear syrupOrange Ginger Pear Syrup~a sweet surprise…

P.S.  Thanks for the “pearspiration” from these lovely ladies on Twitter.  I shared my recipe for homemade applesauce with mulling spices last week on Twitter & got the conversation rolling…

@tspbasil @TheSpicyRD I made pear sauce this fall and it was as wonderful as applesauce! Pear (ha) with ginger.@USApears

@CarleneRD ooh adding in fresh ginger to pear sauce sounds divine – just got both in my CSA share! @TheSpicyRD @USApears

@MarshaHudnall it does! RT @tspbasil: @CarleneRD ooh adding in fresh ginger to pear sauce sounds divine – @TheSpicyRD @USApears

Have you ever made pear sauce or applesauce before?  Which do you prefer-pears, apples, or both? Ever “dropped” something accidentally in to one of your recipes before???

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  1. I am more of an apple person too, but the combination of ginger with pear caught my eye and just about made me swoon. That would taste amazing. Thanks for the ways to use the sauce, but I’ll just take a spoon and eat it out of the jar if that’s ok!

  2. This sounds divine! I am an apple and pear eater, and love making apple sauce, but never even thought of pear sauce! I can’t wait to try it!!

  3. This looks incredible!! I love ginger with pear and am always looking for natural ways to sweeten everything from smoothies to pancakes. YUM!

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Liz! We had the pear sauce and orange ginger syrup on top on coconut flour pancakes this weekend. Added toasted chopped pecans too. Delicious!

  4. I’ve never made pear sauce… and much like you, I seem to buy pears and then let them get over-ripe. Great solution I have now 🙂

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Ha, ha Regan! So glad I’m not the only pear “over ripener” 🙂 Yes, this is a great solution as long as the pears aren’t total mush!

  5. Pears and apples are two things I really miss since starting my low fodmaps diet. I can’t eat either of them, and when fall comes along I feel so…..lonely and sad (especially when faced with those delicious honey crisp!!).
    Either way, I still love making things with both ingredients, and this sauce sounds so fantastic!! Mixed in oats? Great idea.

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Such a bummer that you can’t eat pears and apples Gina {at least not without feeling crummy}, and you;re right…fall just isn’t quite the same w/o apples and pears. Glad you can enjoy them at least a little bit!

  6. Once again we share a brain! I made a pear/apple ginger sauce (I got fresh ginger in my CSA – was so excited) the day after we had that twitter chat! I also took photos in mason jars but probably won’t get it together to post until next month. Only difference, no glasses in the bowl just because I don’t wear them….yet. My issue is more like keeping my 5 year old’s hands out of the bowl as we cook.
    Anyway, I LOVED the pear sauce (I think almost better than the apple) Love your addition of the o.j.

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      I’m so glad you suggested the idea to me. It was one of those “a ha” moments…as in “a ha, why didn’t I think of this!” Looking forward to your post next month!

  7. Ooh ginger pear sauce, love this idea.

  8. This looks delicious. Admit to having had the same glasses-falling-in-food dilemma before, I feel you. I’m usually an apple saucer, but pear ginger is a winning combo. Thanks for the idea!

  9. I love the combo of pears + ginger + this sauce sounds absolutely awesome! I know this will defeat its healthiness a bit, but how great would it be atop some vanilla ice cream. yum…. =)

  10. Love pear sauces EA. Love this citrus/orange ginger pear sauce. I made one with lime last yeast was sublime as I can imagine this would taste. Love the photos! Real pretty!

  11. Warm with ricotta cheese?? WOW!! Sounds amazing!!! You out do your self every time Spicy!!! Ha! The glasses pic!!! Mine right now has an arm that always comes off and ALWAYS falling off my face!!! Ginger is one of my favorite spices what a perfect pair!

  12. I love the vibrant color of those pears, a variety I haven’t seen on the East Coast yet. What a great way to enjoy this fall fruit!

  13. This pear sauce sounds just amazing! I LOVE pears!
    I love that you mentioned adding it to cottage cheese. That sounds just fabulous!!

  14. I posted a recipe for pear applesauce last winter, but I’ve yet to do a pear-only sauce. This sounds like a fabulous one to start with, though–I love the combination of flavors!

  15. YUM! I’m not familiar with this variety of pears but it looks like I can duplicate it with what’s here. Can’t wait to try it, I’m all over it =)

  16. I eat more apples, but love eating pears too:-) The addition of ginger would be lovely, your recipe really sounds wonderful:-) I was craving apple butter, and was thinking of making some soon. I have never made a fruit butter, I believe it is time. Love your recipe, Hugs, Terra

  17. looks great love pears but mostly just eat them

  18. This looks absolutely divine. And I can think of so many things to put it on – if I don’t just eat it right out of the jar! Love 🙂


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