Recipe: Pear Apple Sauce


  • 6 Anjou or Comice pears (slightly underripe), peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 4 apples (a combination of Granny Smith, McIntosh, and Golden Delicious)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


  • Core, peel, and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. In a large, heavy pot, toss with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
  • Combine the pears and apples with the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes or until the fruit is tender but not mushy.
  • Uncover the pot, stir and cook 5 minutes more. Adjust the flavors and remove from heat, stirring carefully so as not to break up the fruit too much. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 4 days.
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