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
Read the original article, Take Comfort: 3 Winter Comfort Food Recipes.