This pear applesauce is a sweet treat made with no added sugar. It’s easy and quick to make in the pressure cooker
My sweet neighbor gave me a bag of gorgeous pears. I’ve been wanting to make applesauce. It’s the perfect treat on cold days. So I decided to change it up and make pear applesauce.
The pears were sweet so I decided to pair the pears with some tart Granny Smith apples. My neighbor got the pears from her CSA, so I’m not sure what kind of pears they are. Maybe someone more familiar with pears can tell what kind they are from the picture?
Making Pear Applesauce in an Instant Pot
Just a little disclaimer to this recipe. Some manuals don’t recommend making applesauce in your pressure cooker because it foams. Also, this recipe does not use the minimum liquid recommended by most pressure cookers. The fruit is so juicy and releases plenty of liquid as it cooks, so this recipe works well for me in my electric pressure cookers. I’ve made applesauce in the pressure cooker many times and never had a problem.
Any time you think a recipe isn’t cooking as expected, don’t be afraid to unplug the pressure cooker, or remove it from the heat. If something smells like it’s burning, you need to check it. Don’t just keep cooking it because the time isn’t up. Perhaps you didn’t put the lid on quite right, or you need a new gasket, or something else went wrong. Trust your instincts.
This recipe requires a natural pressure release because the hot fruit needs some rest time, so it doesn’t start to come up out of the valve when you release the pressure. Any time any thing but steam is coming out of the valve, you need to close it and just let the pressure cooker rest for a while. You don’t need to be scared if this happens, just remember that the contents is under pressure and the pressure needs to be released more slowly.
If you’d rather, you can also cook applesauce in a slow cooker. In fact, one of these days I should try slow cooking applesauce using the slow cooker setting on my pressure cooker.
If you haven’t made homemade applesauce yet, you need to give it a try. So much better than store bought applesauce, and even more fun with the addition of pears.
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
- 8 pears, peeled, cored and quartered
- 1/4 cup apple juice or water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place the apple and pear pieces, apple juice, and cinnamon in the pressure cooker and stir to combine. Select High Pressure and set cook time for 4 minutes.
After timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker, and let the pressure release naturally. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
Blend the applesauce using an immersion blender in the pot until you've achieved your desired consistency. I like to leave it a little bit chunky. You could also mashed it with potato masher, or even put it in the blender if you like your applesauce very smooth.