Cardamom-Pear Sauce Recipe

High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this healthy winter recipe makes a great topping for hot cereals, vanilla pudding and parfaits.


  • Hearty Cardamom-Pear Sauce is a satisfying, sweet treat that's packed with nutrients.
    Photo By Povy Kendal Atchison

Cardamom-Pear Sauce Recipe

This recipe doesn’t call for peeling the fruit because most of the vitamin C is in their skins. Pears and apples are high in pectin (the fiber that causes fruit to gel when cooked) and are easily transformed into a thick sauce. Help yourself to a bowlful alongside a crispy homemade ginger cookie. Use it to top hot cereals, or try a vanilla pudding and pear sauce parfait topped with a bit of granola.

3 pears, any variety, cubed
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, cubed
3 green cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 cup water
1 to 3 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, optional

1. Toss fruit, cardamom pods, lemon zest and water into a medium saucepan and cover tightly. Cook for 35 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for another 10 minutes.



3. Set a food mill over a large bowl and mill the mixture into a sauce. The seeds, pods and larger skin pieces will remain in the food mill.

4. Depending on the fruit’s ripeness and sweetness, you may want to add honey or maple syrup, a teaspoon at a time, to taste. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Makes six 3/4-cup servings



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