I’d rather ask, WHY NOT add pears? There are so many delicious fruits to try in applesauce! Pears bring a depth of flavor and a host of different nutritional properties. We love to mix it up whenever we can. Give this a try, and we think you will agree that adding pears to your sauce is a great treat! If you don’t have any pears, you can make this recipe with apples only.
Although certain kinds of apples (and to some extent pears) lend themselves well to baking and cooking, you can really use any varietals in this recipe. Green apples will lend some tartness to the finished product, while yellow apples will be very mild. Reds of all varieties are great!
I know, peeling can be kind of a drag. While you can make this applesauce with the skins on, the skins won’t cook down the same way that the apples and pears will. Even if you puree after cooking, you may be left with some bits of skin. If you are good with this, then skip the peeling. Otherwise, a vegetable peeler makes quick work of the skins.
The smaller the pieces, the more quickly they will cook. We like to slice them into one to two-inch chunks, but no need to spend too much time on this. Try to get the piece about even and pop them all in!
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Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a Mom of 3 little people, a Mediterranean Diet enthusiast, and a business expert. Any day of the week, you will find me in the kitchen cooking up festive new recipes using Mediterranean Diet principles. I love breakfast for dinner, long days at the beach, the perfect glass of wine, and spontaneous adventures. Originally from Atlanta, I now fondly call Virginia my home.