Warm Spiced Apple Pear Sauce




Enjoy this warm spiced apple pear sauce to finish off a meal for an Autumn dessert. The relaxing aroma will fill you house with Fall festival smells that will linger throughout the day.

If you’re anything like my wife she has to smell every spiced candle on the market when the Autumn season say GO. I say forget the candle and fill your home with love starting in your kitchen. Let me show you what we’ve done in less than 30 minutes.

Trying to create recipes for fresh pears and apples this time of year is fairly simple if you stick to basic Fall Harvest recipes that have been served up for decades. In our fruit basket we had 2 Bosc pears and 2 Royal Gala apples that needed using up so in less than 30 minutes I had a small kettle filled with spiced apple pear sauce.

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warm-spiced-apple-pear-sauce-6The apple sauce has very little sugar added since apples and pears naturally have sugar. You don’t want to overpower the fresh organic flavours of your fruit harvest unless you are creating a recipe that calls for a sweeter touch. The apple pear sauce is very cooling topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice-cream.

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I was going to make a spiced apple pear chutney by adding some raisins but I wasn’t sure if our son would fancy that so I kept it simple. There are many apple and pear varieties on the market so you don’t have to use the same varieties I’ve used unless you want to experience the exact flavours we have.

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The aroma that filled the house with the soft breeze coming through the open windows wholeheartedly signified Fall was at our door. We love this time of year when the leaves turn colour and eventually fall to the ground. The crisp air practically begs you to bake something sweet, start the kettle or turn on the coffee pot.

Since we were together as a family I decided to make homemade buttermilk pancakes for breakfast on a sunny Monday morning. Our son loves pancakes with a couple of spoonfuls of spiced apple pear sauce on top with a drizzle of maple syrup and so do I. This is one food that he stuffs in his mouth and when you look at him you just want to laugh but try not to.

This time I decided to do something a little different when I made my spiced apple pear sauce where I secretly added in some fresh basil leaves to infuse into the sauce. I tell you, it is simply delicious. The hints of basil are subtle but the aftertaste is lovely mixed with the sweetness of the apples and pears.

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I wasn’t too concerned if our son would like the basil mixed in with the apple pear sauce because he often picks the leaves from my plants and licks them. I took that as a sign that he didn’t mind the taste. You can serve the spiced apple pear sauce either warm or cold depending on what you plan to do with it.

This recipe for spiced apple pear sauce serves 2-3 people so it’s a small batch but you could easily double or triple it if you wanted to make other recipes. Alternate apple pear recipes that you could make or create with this sauce would be;

  • spiced apple pear jam
  • spiced apple pear butter
  • spiced apple pear pie
  • spiced apple pear crisp
  • spiced apple pear tarts
  • spiced apple pear cobbler

Don’t laugh but I’m considering making a small pan of spiced apple pear sauce Rice Krispie  squares. I’m not sure how that came into my mind but I noticed we have a small bag with about 3 cups of cereal that needs using up and a half bag of marshmallows.

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You never know what something will taste like unless you test it out! I’ll let you know how that goes and even share a photo if it works out.


Can you freeze applesauce?


Yes, you certainly can freeze applesauce flat in freezer bags and when you are ready to use it simply defrost it to room temperature and serve. I wouldn’t keep it in the freezer for more than 6 months or you can make ahead some pies and freeze them for when company comes around or for dessert after lunch or dinner.

Discussion Questions: (Please leave a comment or review on this recipe below)

Have you ever made apple pear sauce before?

What other recipes were you able to create using apples and pears?


How to make spiced apple pear sauce




Warm Spiced Apple Pear Sauce
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A warm spiced apple pear sauce is all you need to finish off a meal or to add to your favourite Fall dessert. The aroma will fill you house with smells that will linger throughout the day.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 basil leaves
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 2 Royal Gala apples
  1. On a cutting board peel and chop your apples and pears into small chunks
  2. Add the pears and apples to your pot
  3. Add the water, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon sticks, sugar and mix gently
  4. Let come to a boil on temp dial 4 or 5 then reduce to 2
  5. Add your basil leaves on top and cover for 15 minutes
  6. Remove the basil leaves and cinnamon sticks
  7. Stir gently.
  8. You can serve it chunky or whiz it up with a hand blender
  9. Enjoy the spiced apple pear sauce warm or cold
  10. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
  11. Serve at room temperature after refrigerating or warm in microwave


I bet you didn’t think it would be that easy, but it is!! Check out my Apple Harvest Muffins stuffed with caramel if you love apples as much as we do.

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  1. Christine Weadick says:

    This looks so good!! I’ve never mixed pear and apple but I might have to try it. A little ginger in there might work too. Ginger is good with pear.
    I got a box of apples from my daughter and made straight apple sauce for hubby, we all know how he likes his apple sauce. It was just apples and apple juice cooked up and mashed. I put it in clean jars and ran it through the boiling water canner for 10 minutes. I got 14-500ml jars for him. He is enjoying it and on his second jar already. It won’t last long but I’ll be looking for deals on apples to make more if I can find them.

  2. Mary F Campbell says:

    I’ll skip the basil thanks and add nutmeg and ginger instead. 🙂

  3. This might be a recipe that I would try. It sounds good.

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