I had 8 pears sitting on my counter that were all ripening at the same rate. I love love pears, but knew that I wouldn’t be enjoying them for long if I didn’t do something with them soon. I had seen a recipe for “Caramelized Pear Pie Filling” that looked amazing. The recipe said it’s a pie filling. It can be so much more than that. You could use it is as pie filling of course, or it would be a perfect topping for pancakes, oatmeal, french toast, ice cream or mashed up on a piece of toast like a pear butter. To be honest, I ate it like applesauce along with a cup of soup for lunch. It was the taste of fall with the sweet brown sugar and cinnamon combined with my beautiful ripe pears.
I used it as a filling for my Kolaches. They were just as good as they looked! The Kolache pastry isn’t very sweet, so it paired nicely with this filling. This recipe makes much more than you would need for the Kolache filling, but I doubt that any of it will go to waste. My neighbor Jessica sampled it and declared it “addictively good”.
In a 2 quart saucepan, peel and dice 7 pears (I used Bartlett pears). Toss with the juice of one lemon, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for 8 minutes. Some of the pears will break down, but that’s fine.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk together until combined. Add mixture to diced pears. Stir over heat until well combined and sauce thickens, approximately 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Caramelized Pear Pie Filling
7 pears peeled, cored and diced
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoon corn starch
- In a 2 quart sauce pan, add diced pears and juice of one lemon. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour over pears, and stir constantly until sauce thickens, approximately 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer
Recipe provided by HostessAtHeart