Thursday, January 12, 2012

Apple Pear Sauce

This sauce is very versatile. We like to eat this on pork chops, over ice cream or just by itself. I like to make this in the slow-cooker, but you could easily make this on the stove top. If you make this on the stove top, just make sure to stir occasionally and add more water when needed.

This sauce works very well for making baby food. If you are making this for baby, as well as yourself, add in the spices at the end. Apples and pears are both great foods the introduce to your baby early on. You should always introduce foods one at a time. Once they have tried both apples and pears, you can combine them, as I have in this sauce.

Pears and apples are both high in fiber and vitamins and help regulate the babies digestive tract. They have natural sugars, which makes this a favorite for most babies.
Below are pictures of Layla trying this for the first time.

Apple-Pear Sauce
Makes 3 cups

2 lbs apples (a variety of apples works best. Jonagold, Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious are some of my favs)
2 lbs pears (I prefer Anjou)
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp ground cinnamon (you can also add 1-2 cinnamon sticks in place of ground cinnamon)
Pinch of nutmeg
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp brown sugar

1. Peel and dice the apples and pears and add them to the slow cooker. Add in water. If you are not making this for baby, add in spices, sugar and lemon juice. If you are making baby food, add in spices later on.

2. Cook in slow cooker on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours, until tender.

3. To make baby food, scoop out 1 cup (or as much as desired) and puree in blender or baby bullet.

4.You can now add in spices and lemon juice to the remaining apples and pears and mix together. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

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