Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce Recipe

Diane Hoffmaster
by Diane Hoffmaster
6 cups
4 hr 15 min

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Pear sauce is just like applesauce, only made with fresh pears. I made this pear sauce in the crock pot, although you can make it on the stovetop as well. Just fresh pears, brown sugar, and vanilla. Cooked low and slow all day. Use pear sauce as a topping for pancakes, in your yogurt, or eat it right from the bowl! If you are looking for pear recipes, this one is delicious!

bowl of pear sauce with text overlay 'pear sauce with brown sugar and vanilla'

Choosing the best pears

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 overripe pears sitting on my counter!

fresh pears on a wood cutting board with a kitchen towel

Flavoring your homemade pear sauce

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. This Crock-Pot pear sauce has lots of brown sugar for 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 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!

a white bowl full of Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce

What do you do with 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 kid's 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! If you have no pears around, check out my post on how to make homemade applesauce.

homemade pancakes topped with Pear Sauce

Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce

Homemade Pear Sauce is just like applesauce but made with fresh pears! Add cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla to personalize your sauce. Brown sugar gives it a sweet, caramel flavor but you can leave out the sugar if you want a lower-calorie sauce. If you are looking for more pear recipes, check out my  Pear Crostini

Caramel Vanilla Pear Sauce Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  cups
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 4 Hours Total time: 4 hr 15 min
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  • 8 to 10 pears, the riper the better. Peeled, cored and chopped.
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup water or apple juice

Place chopped pears, brown sugar, vanilla, and water/juice in a crock pot.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
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.
Leave cover off and continue to cook on high until it reaches desired thickness. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
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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